Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

From Kinshasa to Korea – a refugee’s journey

19 February 20180 comments

As almost the only black man walking the streets of the South Korean capital Seoul, Congolese refugee Yiombi Thona saw first-hand race-based prejudice, fear and scorn.

But with courage, hard work, perseverance and a liberal dose of his idiosyncratic humour, he has made a success of his own life while at the same time educating Koreans about the difficulties faced by refugees.

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Refugee family’s flight from hell

29 January 20184 comments

Until war came to their country Hassan and Shaza Matni had perfect lives.

Living in the centre of the beautiful and ancient city of Homs, the couple had successful careers – Hassan as an engineer and Shaza as an architect.

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Global food crisis looming in 2018

18 January 20181 comment

The world’s unprecedented refugee crisis has morphed into something more intractable and potentially more deadly as a record number of people face famine and starvation across the world in…

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From refugee to park ranger

20 December 20170 comments

A young refugee has recently been appointed as a full time Ranger with Parks Victoria, in what is believed to be an Australian first.

Hsar Thein is originally from Burma…

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Surviving ISIS – a refugee’s story

20 December 20170 comments

Syrian refugee ‘George’ survived a year as a captive of ISIS treated brutally, constantly threatened with death and not knowing the fate of his wife and daughter.

Now safe and…

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Stories of the Rohingya

30 November 20171 comment

Members of Melbourne’s Rohingya community have shared their personal stories with iMPACT Magazine in a bid to highlight the plight of their compatriots who have become the victims of…

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Local AMES News

October 2014

AMES student infused with a Bulldog spirit

20 October 20140 comments

For former AMES student Amy Vy it has been a long journey from the highlands of Vietnam to the Whitten...

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September 2014

Karen refugees become Australian citizens

26 September 20140 comments

Around 35 former AMES clients became Australian citizens at a moving and inspirational ceremony at Nhill, in western...

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Fifteen years of Yarrilinks

8 September 20140 comments

The 15th annual Yarrilinks Planting Weekend was again a roaring success with thirty-seven AMES students taking part.It was...

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August 2014

Care to Share dinner reciprocated

25 August 20140 comments

Two AMES clients have hosted a dinner for the founder of the Care to Share project, which sees Melburnians volunteer...

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