Australia’s Refugee Week 2012 brings two regions together

A week that  celebrates the contributions of African refugees to Australia, Refugee Week 2012 featured a special visit between two community groups: Australia’s New South Wales Great Lakes region and Africa’s Great Lakes region.  One state with a population of 5 million vs four countries representing 115 million people:  Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

HandUp Congo facilitated the visit, in collaboration with NSW’s Migrant Settlement Officer, Jane O’Dwyer, Rotary Wingham and the non-profit Africa’s Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development (‘GLAPD’).

Led by Theophile Elongo (a refugee from the DRC) and Dr. Nadine Shema (from Rwanda), the GLAPD delegation gave presentations to legal studies students at Taree High School and also met with Rotary Wingham. A future visit is planned for refugee families seeking settlement in the Manning Valley NSW.