Ex-refugees into work

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Refugees into work

Manyuon Malak Mou, known by his mates as “Manny,” arrived in Coffs Harbour as a young child 22 years ago, from Kakuma Refugee Camp in N. Kenya. His family were sponsored, supported and settled by Sanctuary Australia Foundation. With Sanctuary’s help, Manny was recently successful in attaining a position with local solar company SI Clean Energy. He has completed Certificate … Read More

Re-united with her children after 20 years

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After 20 years, Marcella was reunited with her children after leaving Sierra Leone due to war. Marcella had fled her home when militias invaded her house looking for her son, so that they could turn him into a child soldier. Luckily her children were at their friend’s house at the time the militia arrived. Unfortunately, this meant that Marcella was separated … Read More

Stuck in Aleppo, The Most Dangerous City on Earth

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A family of 8 (Mother, Father, 5 girls and one boy), in Aleppo are under threat of constant bombing and have asked for our assistance. Rasha* asked for our help: “Hello, my name is Rasha*, 28 years old, from the Syrian city of Aleppo, I hold a university degree in mathematical statistics. “We live in the most dangerous city in … Read More

David Helfgott and Yantra de Vilder Concert, Bellingen, Nov. 27

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David Helfgott and Yantra de Vilder, Sanctuary Benefit

An intimate musical experience International concert pianist David Helfgott will be performing the great romantics, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Chopin. Composer/Performer Yantra de Vilder returns to Bellingen to present her unique and beautiful award-winning performance of ‘HAIKU’. Memorial Hall, Bellingen Sunday 27th November, 3pm  Followed by delicious nibbles and wine. Book early – Limited seating. Tickets $68.00 or $60.00 concession (inc. processing fee). Phone: (02) … Read More

A Country Of My Own?

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Poem by Togolese Refugee

This is a poem by Sebastine Kamara.  She came to Australia in 2007 after spending 14 years in Ghana as a refugee. She came with 5 of her older siblings. Her parents and 6 of her remaining siblings are still at the camp because their visas were cancelled due to  their father’s illness. She currently lives in Lavington NSW, with … Read More

Congolese family re-united

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Congolese refugee family reunited

After 14 years of being apart, Gasore, a Congolese man, has finally been reunited with his family who have been stuck in Kibuye Kiziba Refugee Camp in Rwanda. The family, including his wife, sons, daughter and granddaughter, arrived in Coffs Harbour on March 30th. During their time apart, Gasore has suffered greatly, worrying about the well-being of his family in the … Read More

Burmese Brothers reunited

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Burmese brothers reunited

Reng and his brother Ting, originally from Chin State, Burma, have been apart for many years. Both were part of the LND party in Burma and persecuted for it. Ting escaped to India, where he stayed for 10 years. Reng remained in Burma where he was forced to do unpaid hard labour by the Burmese military against his will, without … Read More

Fictional horror stories to help victims living real-life horror stories

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We would like to thank Steve Dillon and all contributors to The Refugee Collection fundraiser. Steven generously offered to fundraise for Sanctuary and have so far they have raised a fantastic amount of $1,065 through online sales and $250 from an auction. This money will go towards providing an interest-free airfare loan to assist a Syrian refugee family to be … Read More

The trials of registering with the UNHCR in Turkey

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Below is the story of a Syrian refugee family who have received sponsorship from Sanctuary and are seeking refugee status through the UNHCR. It outlines their experiences just trying to get recognition as refugees. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Sanctuary but give readers a good idea of how difficult it is to be a refugee driven out of … Read More