“I’M just a simple kid. I’m not a terrorist”.
These are the heartbreaking words of a 10-year-old Perth boy who has become an unwitting victim of the terrorist activities of extremist group Islamic State.
Innocent Muslim women and children are bearing the brunt of public outrage in schools and supermarkets over horrifying beheadings carried out by IS terrorists.
This week, The Sunday Times was invited inside the homes and lives of two Muslim families.
There is Aisha Novakovich, a 31-year-old law student and single mum of two boys, 10-year-old Jibreel and Zachariah, 6.
And there’s Manju and Mir Hussain, hardworking parents to 14-year-old Ali and 12-year-old Reshma, who describe themselves as an “Australian Indian Muslim family”.
In the Novakovich household, it’s like any other dinner table in any other Perth home.
The laughter is boisterous, the food plentiful and no topic is off limits.