Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Leave my home, now I'm free.....


One of the things I love best when you set out in the morning is that you never know what the day will present to you.. Last week while on my walk around the marina I happened across this very diverse and highly energized group of young people who it turns out are refugees mainly from Sudan and Iran attending a 'high intensity' language course at Aranmore Catholic College. In June (17 - 23rd) it is 'Refugee Week' Australia wide, this year's theme is 'Restoring Hope'. The teachers from this class at Aranmore had been given a budget to make a video, the opening line being 'leave my home, now I'm free', it was fun to watch these young people thoroughly enjoying the sun, sand and sea! It took a while to get them together and focused on the reason they were there, you can't blame them for being sidetracked, but eventually they sang the words with meaning, I can't even begin to imagine what they've been through already in their young lives, I hope I get the chance to see the finished video in June. Happy start to the new week.....!!

29 comments:

  1. What a wonderful thing! SO glad you got to witness this part...hoping you can share more about the finished product! Have a wonderful day, Grace!

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  2. Very nice Grace. Love this post.

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  3. Oh, I too am so glad you got to see this, Grace! This is terrific! Wonderful post for the day. Love your photos!

    Sylvia

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  4. Australia is a promised land for many!


    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
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  5. What a wonderful sight to see! Good to know some refugees are not in detention centres and are getting a chance! I think I would be taking heaps of photos! This is one time my national pride would kick in!

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  6. How lucky you were to find them and capture their experiences and their enthusiasm.
    V

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  7. Wonderful shots, wonderful ideal. By coincidence, I met a new client today whose people come from the northeast of Turkey. However, she was born and raised in what is now Uzbekistan, lived most of her adult life in southern Russia and came to the US in 2005 as a refugee. She is now a US citizen. We welcome her.

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  8. Looks like a wonderful event. Nice shots.

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  9. Hospitality and support for those who have endured hardship and left their homeland is so heartwarming. Thank you for sharing it experience.

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  10. Bravo, tres beau post et une belle idee

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  11. This must have been a very inspiring thing to witness. What a wonderful thing to see.

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  12. Bonza photos. Looks to me everyone had fun making the video :-).

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  13. I was going to say what a marvellous setting for a classroom but... what a marvellous setting for a video!

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  14. Sound very entertaining Grace. A new day and a new experience.

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  15. Very heartwarming message here, thanks.

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  16. Nice pix Grace, and nice to know their uplifting story.

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  17. I can imagine there were quite a few distractions...it's the beach!!! Love how you caught the energy from all of them in the photos :D

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  18. Some fine photographs and a super program! Best wishes to each and everyone!

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  19. What luck to happen upon this group!

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  20. Great and much important entry.

    Please have a good Wednesday ahead.

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  21. I agree with others, this is wonderful but, actually, this shouldn't be happening in our world today. Sad, very sad.

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  22. The question of the refugees in Australia is a distressing one. These young boys are free but how many are still in camps desperately hoping for something positive to happen.

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  23. I'm afraid having a refugee week doesn't really make up for their general mistreatment.

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  24. What a great activity for them! The more we acknowledge the refugee problem (in whatever way we can) and the greater the awareness of it, the closer we may come to solution.

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