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Auburn provides you with a glimpse into a refugee camp
There is regularly a lot of talk about refugees and their circumstances in the media, often with negative connotations attached. Sadly this is all too common for many things occurring around the world. How can we make an informed decision or pass judgement if we don't have all the facts? There's an old saying "try putting yourself in their shoes" which is something I don't think many of us do enough.
Refugee camp in my neighbourhood aims to do this whilst providing you with a life-like experience by taking you on a tour through a simulated refugee camp. Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood first ran during refugee week 2014, as the Auburn community identified the need to address the myths and unfair judgments often placed on new arrivals.
After fantastic success, the community will have the opportunity to experience the simulated camp again in 2015. The tour will take you on an emotional and eye-opening journey while providing a preview into what a refugee camp looks like in reality. Along with replica tent displays, true stories are brought to life in order for the community to understand the challenges and struggles of refugees endure daily.
The tour guides, most of whom are local refugees or asylum seekers, will take participants on a 2 hour journey finishing with the resettlement process within Australia. The guides come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries including Afghanistan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Burma.
Running for 3 weeks throughout June at the Auburn Centre for Community, you will want to book in quick. The tour is open to the whole community, with school tours available in the day from Tuesday 9 June 2015 until Friday 26 June and weekend tours available for the public on 13 & 14 June and 20 & 21 June.
During refugee week a range of activities will also be run by local community groups such as kite making, film screenings and cultural displays. Further information can be found here