Go back

Australia’s respected multicultural TV channel SBS recently challenged six ordinary Australians on their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers. They were offered the opportunity to  embark on a confronting 25-day journey. Tracing in reverse the journeys that refugees have taken to reach Australia, they travel to some of the most dangerous and desperate corners of the world, with no idea what is in store for them along the way.

Deprived of their wallets, phones and passports, they board a leaky refugee boat, are rescued mid-ocean, experience immigration raids in Malaysia, live in a Kenyan refugee camp and visit slums in Jordan before ultimately making it to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq, protected by UN Peacekeepers and the US military. For some of them it’s their first time abroad. For all of them, it’s an epic journey and the most challenging experience of their lives.

This series, called “Go back to where you came from,” has triggered a lively debate in Australia about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers who continue to hope for new lives. All episodes can be viewed online:  http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/goback/tab-listings/page/i/1/h/About/. An interactive, fact-based simulation can also be accessed online.

HandUp Congo friends may find the episode (#3) about a Congolese family as interesting as we did! In Kenya, the travelers discover a Congolese refugee family’s daily struggle to survive in one of the world’s biggest refugee camps. Unexpectedly, the Australians are offered a chance to travel all the way to one of the world’s most dangerous cities: Goma in the Congo. Will they take on the challenge?

View Episode 3 online:  http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/goback