Walk inside someone else’s shoes. We all hear talk of a refugee crisis, the media has a slant and public opinion is divided. But most Australian have no real understanding of the refugee experience. Come to the Reginald Murphy and hear a refugee’s personal story about his journey to Australia.
“People Just Like Us” is a refugee rights organisation, and their speakers will talk about the current Australia’s asylum seeker and refugee policy.
The event serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for asylum seekers and refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy they bring to this country.
Afternoon tea will be provided after the talk. This is an opportunity to keep the discussion going with the panelists and other audience members.
Fabia Claridge has been involved in the refugee movement for sixteen years. She has been a visitor to detention centres and has seen the cruel, systematic and unnecessary destruction of hope. She became determined to dedicate her time to bringing about positive solutions for refugees and asylum seekers as quickly as possible. She previously worked for many years in various Asian countries teaching English and in a number of NGOs. She is currently the Co-Convener of “People Just Like Us”, a volunteers run organisation for all people fighting the cruel, and inhumane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers under Australia’s immigration regime.
Amir Javan (Alex) was born in Iran in 1974. He worked in jewellery industry before he fled to Malaysia in 2000 due to political activities. He arrived in Australia in June 2000 and had been locked up in the detention centre for four and half years including 10 months in horrible isolation. He is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and every image is still haunting him although he was released from Baxter Immigration Detention Centre more than a decade ago. He is an investment property specialist in real estate industry now. All his family are still in Iran.
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The featured image is borrowed and edited, with thanks, from people like us.
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