“We count our blessings every day to think the local community has opened the door for us.
“In the past few years, life has changed in so many ways.”
The quiet streets of Mosman are a long way from Southern Brazil, where Alex met his wife Joi seven years ago.
Both engineers, the pair lived and worked in Porto Alegre, a crime hotspot ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in Brazil.
“Porto Alegre is well known for its culture and food, but it’s also a dangerous place to live,” Alex says, “when you leave your house, you are at risk every single time.
“It’s an unfortunate reality of living in an under developed country.”
Both Alex and Joi were victims of petty crime while living in the capital city, but in 2015 things came to a head, when they were ambushed outside a friend’s home.