Refugee Week

#WithRefugees is the theme for Refugee Week, June 17 – 23. It is the week we celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to our community. Last night’s Geelong Refugee Short Film Festival, presented by The fOrT Youth Centre’s Multicultural Leadership Committee, at Village Cinema, did just that.

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The films starred 16 of our local refugees while being of different ages and from different cultures, they presented unity in the values of family and love. A common theme was how proud they are to be Australian, while still honouring their homelands. They are very appreciative of the opportunities here and are an asset to our community.

The Refugee Council of Australia believes, “Today, more than ever, we need a global movement to demand the safety and rights of refugees are protected. In Australia, it is the responsibility of our Government, and each one of us to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope.”

Tomorrow, June 20th is World Refugee Day. You can read the inspirational stories, written by Brandon Dellow, of our multicultural youths, Mutheinchri Ra (nicknamed Mu), Anita Qayummi, Anis Gul Mohammad Ali, Obaid Jamshidi (Obi), Roghayeh ‘Rocky’ Sadeghi and Asadollah Khaleghi (Asad) (Pictured here) on our website Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Save the date, Humans in Geelong Expo 2018, Sunday 7th October 10 – 3pm Deakin Waterfront.

Story: Jacqui Bennett Photos: Brandon Dellow and Phil Hines Photography