Barriers for physical activity and leisure participation among refugees in Australia

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Komla Lokpo, research assistant

Sanctuary Australia Foundation has partnered with Western Sydney University to deliver a project in Coffs Harbour that has the aim of evaluating the factors that influence the patterns of physical activity and leisure participation among ex-refugees settled in the region. The project also intends to identify how these factors might be related to the mental health and well being of … Read More

Welcome Alain from the Congo!

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I am a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I fled my country in February 2010. During the war, my step-father was suspected of being a spy due to a misunderstanding among friends. My step-father refused to join the rebels and so these ‘so called’ friends colluded to kill him. Our step-father was aware of their plan to attack our house … Read More

Reunited after 10 long years!

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Sudanese family arrive in Adelaide thanks to Sanctuary.

The wife and children of Ajith Bol have finally arrived to join him in Adelaide! They met in Kakuma refugee camp, both refugees from the terrible war in S. Sudan, and married. When Ajith received a special humanitarian visa to come to Australia, they had no idea that the process for his family to be reunited with him in Australia … Read More

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 was 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, a local solar company. He has completed … 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