and it’s something we need to take notice of. I properly began to understand what made someone a refugee when I did my first Social Work Placement years ago at an Asylum Seeker / Refugee Community Centre. I met people from all over the world who had been forced to flee their home because of war, terror and threat of death. These people weren’t criminals or illegal- they were just like you and me. I remember sitting down with a woman who was trying to fill out a visa application for her nephew who was stranded in an unsafe refugee camp. In order to ‘prove’ her loved one was worthy of coming to Australia she was forced to recount the terror that had occurred to her family. What she told me was worse then nightmares. I’m passionate about partnering with my brothers and sisters here and offshore because they showed me something I’d never seen before. Through their stories, acts of hospitality, commitment to community and resilience they showed me what it means to love others when you have every reason not too. Through atrocities, they carried their families over seas and skies- looking to find a new home, a place of acceptance and belonging. And they came here, asking for nothing but acceptance, human rights. And many haven’t received even that. I’ve always admired the passion my friends have to learn, to work and to make a life in Australia. They’re just like you and me- with families they love and want to provide for. The children I met had this glint of hope in their eyes. I remember the moment where one young girl who had been severely traumatised in her Home country, saw the beach for the first time. She sat there, in the waves, glowing. So safe, so secure, so free. In that moment she was finally able to begin to heal. May we each be able to recognise the beauty in the people around us and witness moments of healing together.
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