The Morris Gleitzman Collection: Boy Overboard. Why Australia hates asylum seekers - | Christos Tsiolkas. “I received a text from one of my colleagues, and he wrote, I feel like we have failed,” says Kon Karapanagiotidis. “I texted back and wrote, Yeah, so do I.” It is a few days after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his “PNG solution” to his latest political crisis, whereby no asylum seeker arriving by boat will be settled in Australia.
My friend and colleague Karapanagiotidis, the founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), shows a rare moment of doubt and confusion. But it doesn’t last long before he’s thumping the table, remarshalling his forces. “We are going to have to fight harder, push harder. We are going to have to become even more outspoken. Such is the man’s charisma that I am sold: I believe that the result of a 15-year campaign that has bred fear, misconceptions and fury about asylum seekers can still be turned around. The ASRC itself hasn’t failed. We have failed. Obviously, the winner in all this seems to be the Coalition. She nods. I look up. You've been misled on boat people: Julian Burnside. Could not load plugins: File not found Burnside: facts missing on asylum Barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside says foreign minister Bob Carr is misrepresenting the facts on asylum seekers.
The etiquette of the checkout at Coles is not how it works when you are running for your life. Asylum seekers do not commit any offence by coming here, says Julian Burnside. Photo: Justin McManus. Afghanistan Country Profile. The country is made of many different groups. About 15 million people, nearly half of Afghanistan's population are Pashtuns and live in the south around Kandahar. They are descendants of people who came to the country 3,200 years ago. Many other groups live in the country as well—Pashtuns are related to the Persian people of Iran, the Tajiks are also Persian, but speak another language called Dari, and the Uzbeks speak a language similar to Turkish. The Hazaras live in the mountains of central Afghanistan and are believed to be descendents of the Mongols because their Dari language contains many Mongol words. Due to many years of war, the countryside is littered with unexploded mines and children who herd animals are often killed by stepping on mines. Many schools have been destroyed, but children, including girls, go to school in ruins or wherever possible.
Afghans take pride in making and flying their own kites. Pennies for Peace Afghanistan Facts - Pennies for Peace. Afghanistan is the second country where Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace provided educational support. Afghanistan was unified as a country in 1747 under Ahmad Shah Duranni. In 1819 the British invaded Afghanistan, and it was under British control until 1919 when Afghanistan won its freedom and was ruled by a monarchy.
In 1973 the monarchy was overthrown and the Republic of Afghanistan was born. In 1979 the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, but they were met with fierce fighting from the mujahideen that by 1989 they withdrew. The nation’s economy is based on agricultural production (opium, wheat, fruit, nuts, wool, mutton & animal skins), small scale production of textiles (soap, furniture, shoes, hand-woven carpets, agricultural and construction materials), and industry (natural gas, coal, copper). Thirty-nine percent (39%) of children under 5 years are moderately underweight (1996-2004 State of the World’s Children). A day in the life of an Afghan Girl. Afghanistan: Why We Should Care. BoyOverboard.pdf. Afghanistan. The Islamic State of Afghanistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia.
It is bordered by Iran in the west, Pakistan in the south and east, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the easternmost part of the country. Until the nation has its first general election (projected for June 4, 2003), it continues to be referred to by the West as the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan. On March 27, 2003, Afghan deputy defense minister general Abdul Rashid Dostum created an office for the North Zone of Afghanistan and appointed officials to it, defying interim president Hamid Karzai's orders that there be no zones in Afghanistan. Politics Main article: Politics of Afghanistansee also: List of leaders of Afghanistan and List of Afghan Transitional Administration personnel Troops and intelligence agencies from the United States and a number of other countries are there, some to keep the peace, some still looking for Taliban and al Qaeda personnel.
External links. Day in the Life: Afghanistan. Resources | For Schools | Go Back to Where You Came From | SBS. About the Show | Series 2 | Go Back to Where You Came From | SBS. How Far We've Come. The Refugee Council of Australia works with agencies around the country to coordinate Refugee Week, a national celebration held each year since 1986. In 2010 Refugee week will be held from Sunday June 20 June 26th 2010. SBS has thrown its support behind Refugee Week 2010 with a multi-platform effort to draw attention to the plight of refugees in Australia. Partnering with the Refugee Council of Australia, SBS will support Refugee Week with thought-provoking content across all its platforms: SBS ONE, SBS TWO, Online and SBS Radio. This website explores the lives of refugees in Australia over time - they first told us their stories up to 25 years ago. SBS Radio SBS Radio programmes will feature interviews in some 20 languages with former refugees throughout Refugee Week 2010.
SBS One and Two Go to the schedule to find out more. Long Journey : Young lives. 2012_RW_ResourceKit_Ch5.pdf. Indigenous_res_dialogue_circ.pdf. Discussion texts Stage 2 Pt 1. Angelina Jolie » World Refugee Day 2009 Address | Sweet Speeches. We're here today to talk about millions of desperate families – families so cut-off from civilization that they don't even know that a day like this exists on their behalf. Millions. And numbers can illuminate but they can also obscure. So I am here today to say that refugees are not numbers. They’re not even just refugees. They are mothers and daughters and fathers and sons – they are farmers, teachers, doctors, engineers, they are individuals all. I remember meeting a pregnant Afghani woman in a completely abandoned camp in Pakistan. Since before the parable of the Widow’s Mite it has been known that those who have the least will give the most.
Pakistan, a country now facing a crisis with over two million of its own people despised is still hosting 1.7 million Afghans and has hosted millions of Afghan families for nearly thirty years. The threat of climate change, the competition for resources, and ever growing global inequality has created deepening intractable conflicts. Angelina Jolie Speaks Out on World Refugee Day. The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do. Ishmael: A refugee story.