Voices

Part of the mandate of JRS is to help give a voice to refugees. This section is dedicated to just that. Here you will find stories from refugees, their successes and the challenges they face rebuilding their lives.

Lost & Found – Sayed’s Story

6th July 2015

Sayed grew up in Quetta, in northern Pakistan after his family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sayed grew up in Quetta, in northern Pakistan after his family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. When Sayed decided to escape the Taliban attacks…

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Lost & Found – Somayeh’s Story

6th July 2015

Somayeh sought asylum in Australia in 2013 and was taken to Christmas Island. On her first day, she was searched and all her jewellery was confiscated. Somayeh was living in Iran with her husband and their two children. Somayeh’s husband was…

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Lost & Found – Zahra’s Story

6th July 2015

Zahra moved to Iran when she was young and later married an Iranian man. Zahra moved to Iran when she was young and later married an Iranian man. In 2010, Zahra’s husband was forced to flee Iran and escape to…

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My freedom, what does it mean to me?

4th May 2015

I appreciated listening to their stories about family, their country, their landing on Christmas Island and their day-to-day life in the centre. I took men out of the centre three afternoons a week. They enjoyed experiencing the beauty of the island, finding coconuts and mangoes, sitting watching the ocean and families swimming, and observing the navy boat keeping guard.

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Ugandan lawyer welcomed in Australia

4th May 2015

“I am working with one of the biggest advocacy organisations in Australia. It’s called Get Up Australia. I basically do research with the media team and the different campaign teams. I help the different campaign teams in doing research, writing, emails, reading emails, giving feedback to the teams and the members of Get Up.”

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I am proud of Australia: Sri Lankan refugee

24th February 2015

After I arrived in Australia in 2014, I lodged my protection visa application and I have been granted a Bridging Visa without any problems. Still my case is in the preliminary stages, so I am waiting for the results. But I think I have been accepted by the community. I have to say that Australia has wonderful unity, multiculturalism, equality and, most important, the rules of human rights and humanitarian laws.

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Where to now?

15th October 2014

This hope has now become almost extinguished by the harsh treatment that is the government’s policy for those arriving by boat and without visas.

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‘You always live as though someone will die tomorrow’: Saul’s story

23rd June 2014

I remember seeing soldiers coming to the house in the night. They took my mom, she was pregnant.

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Forging understanding through food

29th April 2014

“They were asking me when I’m coming back!”

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Just add love

17th March 2014

Sr Pauline Fogarty wipes away tears as she contemplates the future of asylum seekers and refugees who are denied the respect and acceptance they so deeply crave from their adopted countrymen. This Brown Nurse (a nickname for nuns who are…

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