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The Refugees Stories Project Launch

The Refugees Stories Project launch

Featured Event

Tue 22 Jun
Time : 10:30am - 12pm
Where : Redcliffe Library
Address : 476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe
When Iraqi refugee Zaynal Hawa first settled in Australia in 2016, he couldn’t quite believe that it was safe to go outside.

He wasn’t used to that kind of freedom; he had fled, with his parents, from a country where their very lives were at stake – not knowing, when they stepped out of their home, whether or not they would return.

Having since achieved his Masters’ degree in pharmacy and securing an internship in his field, he is now thankful every day for the air he and his family breathe in their new country.

Zaynal’s extraordinary story is just one of the heart-wrenching yet inspirational accounts presented in the Refugee Stories Project being launched at the Redcliffe Library this month. A joint collaboration between Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Local Studies and Community and Cultural Programs teams with the assistance of TAFE Queensland and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), the project aims to capture stories from people with a refugee background who have settled in the Moreton Bay region, celebrate the region’s growing refugee communities, and inform the local history collection for future generations.

The initial collection, to be launched in June, consists of filmed interviews with people with a refugee background from Iraq, Syria, and South Sudan. These films will be launched during Refugee Week at the Redcliffe Library, and the full stories and scripts will part of the library’s local history collection.

The project is set to expand beyond the initial collection, with more interviews planned in the near future.

One of the project’s key organisers, Educational Team Leader at the Faculty of English Language and Migrant Education TAFE Queensland Arzu Kurklu, said a major aim of the initiative was to help strengthen the community by breaking down stereotypes and beliefs about other cultures.

“Unless people get to know each other and learn about the background and where people come from it is hard to break those stereotypes,” Arzu said. “So it’s very important that those stories are told.

“They are amazing stories of resilience, stories of heartbreak, stories of success. Each refugee story is unique. Having a way to get those stories to be shared with the wider community – it’s wonderful.”

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland.

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The Refugees Stories Project launch
Tuesday, 22 June, 10.30am-12pm
Redcliffe Library
476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe