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A long journey from Sierra Lone to Australia: A personal journey

Barrie, A.W. (2007) A long journey from Sierra Lone to Australia: A personal journey. In: Colic-Peisker, Val and Tilbury, Farida, (eds.) Settling in Australia: The social inclusion of refugees. Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University, Murdoch Univesity, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 129-148.

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A journalist from Sierra Leone, the author was forced to flee his country in 1999, due to fear of persecution and possible death. After spending two years in Guinea, where he helped found the Association of Sierra Leonean Journalists in Exile (ASALJIE), and the Sierra Leone Refugee Coordinating Committee (SLRCC) Drama Group, Amadu was finally accepted, with his brother, under Australia's Special Humanitarian Program in 2001. Facing the usual difficulties in settling in an alien country, the author describes the positive aspects of life in Australia, including the sense of safety, educational opportunities, formation of a local Sierra Leone association, and the help of Australian volunteers who assisted in many ways. To balance some of the more critical findings often reported about refugee settlements in Australia, this paper describes positive aspects of settlement through a personal story.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Social and Community Research
Publisher: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University
Copyright: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University
Publishers Website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13217
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