War has forced millions of families to flee their homes and become stateless. So many refugees have stories that many would find hard to even imagine are real. Refugees are victims of war that deserve the utmost caring, compassion and understanding. They have experienced situations that would be extremely traumatic for most people. While this is true, any of us could be refugees.
According to the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees to which Australia is a signatory, refugees can be defined as:
“Any person who owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.”
This definition can never completely cover the horrifying experiences that refugees go through. Many refugees, including children, are often victims of rape, torture and violence or witnesses to it. Sanctuary reads many refugee stories with most of the atrocities in them being unspeakable. It is testament to their strength that they are able to make it to a second country, where they often find themselves for years, sometimes a decade or more in refugee camps. These camps are often violent places, where people remain malnourished and at risk from many of the threats they faced in their war torn homelands.
Refugee stories of those assisted by Sanctuary
Read first-hand accounts of refugee assisted by Sanctuary and gain insight into the difficulties they’ve faced:
Sudanese family to be reunited in AdelaideMarch 16, 2017
Re-united with her children after 20 yearsNovember 18, 2016
Stuck in Aleppo, The Most Dangerous City on EarthNovember 17, 2016
Congolese family re-unitedMay 26, 2016
We plan to keep an archive of some successful applicant’s refugee stories. If you are an ex-refugee who has been helped by Sanctuary Australia Foundation, and would like to share your story, please get in touch again. We would love to hear from you.