Sunday, November 2, 2008


Over the last fortnight I have had the opportunity to spend some time with some young Sudanese refugees that are now at school at one of our local high schools. They shared their stories with me and spoke about what it is like to try and start a new life in a new country.

I was blown away by their resilience. They have been through some of the most horrific experiences and continue to face enormous challenges in starting a new life however they demonstrate an enormous capacity to cope with the trauma and stress experienced and to 'bounce back'. No doubt there are difficult times but their optimism and enthusiasm for life was contagious. There is a lot we can learn from the experiences of others.

Photo credit: A displaced woman with her children on the Chad/Sudanese border.
Photographer: © Marlene McIntyre/OxfamAUS

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