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Peter Hanley

community activist in Townsville

Australia's response to Refugees

PRESENTED ON JUN 15, 2017
IN TOWNSVILLE @ VOL 15

Peter Hanley asks "What happened to the boundless plains? What happened to sharing?" As Vice-President of the Queensland Northern NSW Branch of Amnesty International, his fervent desire is that we treat people coming to Australia seeking safety with humanity and compassion.

The topic is timely as the week 18-24 June is celebrated around Australia as Refugee Week.

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Nights with the STARs

BY JESSICA DUNKER
@ VOL 12 ON DEC 13, 2012

Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, recounts her “Nights with the STARs,” a series of events in which she works with refugee children. The children are international refugees who cannot be repatriated, and the charity works to acclimate the refugees to American society, and on Wednesday nights volunteers come out to socialize and play with the refugees in an attempt to help them bond and truly become a part of the society.

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The Lucky Country

BY MARK ISAACS
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 13, 2014

Marc is an advocate for social justice and for the rights and living conditions of refugees waiting for judgement as to whether they will be allowed immigration visas.

Marc recounts his experiences as a social worker on the Australian Immigration Detention centre on the island of Nauru and the appalling conditions that refugees were had to endure due to the constraints of the Australian Government's Department of Immigration.

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Restoring Dignity to Refugees

BY JANE BEST
@ BCCJ COMMUNITY HUB ON OCT 09, 2014

“The problem of being displaced is quite severe: you lose everything.”

Jane Best goes into depth on her organisation: Refugees International Japan (RIJ). Jane is focused on raising funds in Japan for those displaced by conflict all over the world, and she shows us how she and her colleagues are set on restoring dignity to those who have lost everything.

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STATT RASEN MÄHEN

BY TOBIAS MAXIMILIAN SCHNELL
IN DORNBIRN

Tobias Maximilian Schnell, an architect and an artist is presenting his idea of sustainable aid for refugees. Imagine, an austrian family with a big garden, now build a garden house in their backyard and voilà you have a sustainable new home for a refugee family. Tobias tells the story of how his idea would work but he isn't hidding the fact that there are a lot of failures to handle with...

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Bringing Relief

BY SHANNON BRANDT
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 15, 2016

Shannon Brandt takes us with her on this sometimes funny, often moving trip she made to Lebabnon to bring releif supplies to refugges fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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Atlanta Has Something to Say: Refugees Welcome

BY BEE NGUYEN
@ VOL 29 ON MAY 22, 2016

Bee Nguyen has something to say on behalf of Atlanta: Refugees are welcome here. But, what exactly does that mean? What is involved in welcoming a family who is immigrating to the United States? Bee's family knows firsthand what that means having immigrated from Vietnam. Now, Bee is growing her Syrian family right here in ATL and she wants to tell you all about her "ice cream boo"! 

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Changing the world one message at a time

BY BERN O'DONOGHUE
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 27, 2016

Bern O'Donaghue gives an insightful talk about her current project using paper boats and unassuming members of the public. Holding a wider conversation about the current issues around the refugee crisis.

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How I became a refugee

BY HAROON REZAIE
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

We have all seen the images of migrants arriving in Europe, but have you met one? Haroon Rezaie and his family took the risk and journeyed to the Netherlands. Now he wants to share his experience in order to give people a vision about the life of refugees and why they became a refugee. This could be either that they came by favour or they were compelled by the living circumstances to leave everything behind and start life again in a new place. This is the ultimate story to inspire perseverance and determination in any situation.

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How we can find our own role in the European “Refugee Crisis"

BY AURELIA STR
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

With the onset of a ‘Refugee crisis’ in Europe we are confronted with a narrative that has become too emotional and polarised to understand its core message: refugees are people like you and me.

We can hardly imagine how much struggle it must be to leave one's own country and everything that is close to one's heart behind. But it doesn’t take much for us to open our arms and make someone feel welcome, says Aurelia Streit.

She believes that we can change the current narrative towards refugees in Europe by establishing local platforms for intercultural exchange.