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See a different side to the refugee issue this weekend at the Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood exhibition set in the grounds of the Auburn Centre for Community.

Talk to a real refugee or asylum seeker, hear their stories and experience the challenges and daily struggles of life living as a refugee.

Come along this Saturday and Sunday with family or friends and participate in a free tour of the simulated camp. Tour guides are from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds and will share some of their personal journeys and stories. Tour run every half hour though bookings are recommended

In addition to the tours, there will also be other activities to participate in:

Saturday 20 June 2015

Afghan food (11.30am-2.30pm) and Ethiopian coffee (10am-3pm) will be available to purchase throughout the day.

Visitors can visit the African Refugee Living Library (11am 2pm) and borrow a 'human book' and hear the personal journeys of local refugee community members.

There will also be a 'Life in a Dinka Cattle Camp' seminar from 11am. Learn about the central role of cattle in the life and culture of Dinka and Nuer tribes in South Sudan with this cattle camp replica sculptured by Dinka and Nuer refugees.

A special night tour of the camp will be run at 4pm, by tour guide Abraham Ajok, a former Lost Boy from Southern Sudan. The tour will be followed by a screening of the movie 'The Good Lie' (2014) at 6pm. The acclaimed feature film centres on four young Sudanese refugees, also known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, who are helped by a brash American woman (Reese Witherspoon), after they win a lottery for relocation to the United States. Tickets for this screening are priced $20 for a combo ticket (includes a tour of the refugee camp at 4pm, followed by film screening) or $10 for only the film screening. Book online here.

Sunday 21 June 2015

Afghan food (11.30am-2.30pm) and Ethiopian coffee (10am-3pm) will be available to purchase throughout the day.

From 11am 'Survival Stories from Somalia' will be held in the camp. Hear from Somali refugees as they share their spicy tea stories in a traditional Somali tent.

'The Traditions of Tamils' will also be held from 11am. Discover traditional Ceylon culture at this event hosted by the Tamil women's community. You'll be welcomed with a traditional welcome involving rice powder and can look at artefacts, pictures, food, musical instruments, and clothes of traditional Ceylon culture. There will be video screening, traditional games and food tasting. Additionally you will have the opportunity to dress up in traditional saris and be photographed.

You can also indulge in kite flying from 11am. Kite flying is a traditional Afghanistan pastime, however it was forbidden during the Taliban regime. Join members of the Afghan Community in Australia to learn how to make and fly a traditional Afghan kite. The cost is $10 - Click here to make a booking.

You can also have your name written in calligraphy by a local Afghan artist for a gold coin donation on the day.

From 1pm, the Hazaragi Music Band will offer a live music performance, featuring traditional Afghan instruments such as the Dambora.

For more information and videos of the 'Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood' and the event programme this weekend, please visit

Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood' is open to the public until Friday 26th of June 2015.

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When: Tuesday 9 June until Friday 26 June
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a unique opportunity to connect with refugees!
by Rota (score: 2|717) 1852 days ago
My daughter went last week on a school excursion. I would highly recommend it as it was very interactive and informative. Auburn Council should be commended for such a great program. Maybe worth waiting for it to come along next year.
by emare (score: 1|57) 1849 days ago
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