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Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Missing Cameroonian Athletes Found in Perth

Two Cameroonian athletes, who were reported missing from the Commonwealth Games team, have been found in Perth, Western Australia.

Sources close to the Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) said the two athletes are lawfully in Australia and should be offered protection.

It is understood that CARAD has put them in touch with a lawyer. They are now seeking legal advice.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

More Africans Apply for Political Asylum

More Africans come in from the cold! Six more athletes from Sierra Leone have decided to surrender to the Australian authorities, after absconding from the Commonwealth Games village in Melbourne.

Just like their team mates, they have been granted Temporary Protection Visas which will allow them to apply for refugee status in Australia.

This brings to 12 the number of Sierra Leonean athletes seeking refuge in the land Down Under this week.

These athletes genuinely believe that they will be persecuted if they return home to Sierra Leone. And there is public sympathy for their plight.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Missing Athletes Seek Political Asylum

Six of the 15 Sierra Leonean athletes who disappeared from the Commonwealth Games village in Melbourne have reported voluntarily to the Australian police; seeking political asylum – a world away from home.

They have now been issued with Temporary Protection Visas. But one thing is certain though; there is a big risk ahead. Honestly, the road to the Promised Land is not for the faint hearted!

In fact, come to think of it, there is no smooth or reliable path through the asylum-seeking maze.

But for the missing athletes, the struggle for freedom continues!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Disappearing Athletes

Four more athletes from Sierra Leone have disappeared from the Commonwealth Games village in Melbourne, Australia.

According to the Sunday Mail report, 15 out of 22 athletes, from the war-ravaged West African nation, who came to the Melbourne Games, have now disappeared.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Nigeria's Gold Rush

The Nigerian athlete, Ruel Ishaku, has won a gold medal in weighting event at the Commonwealth Games.

Ishaku’s victory, in the Elite Athletes with Disabilities (EAD) category, takes Nigeria’s total medal count to 12.

Nigeria was not allowed to compete in the able-bodied weighting categories because of the ban imposed on the country when three of its lifters violated the anti-doping rules at international competitions.


Friday, March 24, 2006

The Case of the Missing Athletes

African athletes have gone missing in Australia. Overall, the Australian police officials are now searching for 11 athletes; including a Tanzanian boxer Omari Idd Kimweri. But that’s not all.

Sierra Leone has now lost half of its Commonwealth Games squad with another two of its athletes missing from the athletes’ village in Melbourne.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Uganda's First Gold

Dorcus Inzikuru has won Uganda’s first athletics gold medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase competition at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Condi's Heart of Gold

In a blaze of publicity on her first visit to Australia, the US Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, remains extremely calm and focused despite the busy schedule - a class act under the antipodean sun.

In a few hours time, Condi, the American goddess of diplomacy, will be at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne; presenting a gold medal to the winner of tonight’s swimming finals.

Then, on Saturday, she will attend the tri-lateral security talks in Sydney along with the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, and the Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Aso.

The growing influence of China will be on top of the agenda. Condi says China needs to be more open with its military spending, pay attention to its economy, and respect intellectual property rights.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Welcome Condoleezza!

The African community in Australia would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the US Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, on her first visit to the land Down Under.

Friday, March 10, 2006

African Stars Shine in Australia

In the true spirit of world music, prominent African musicians are making their presence felt in Australia.

This year’s WOMADELAIDE music festival has attracted top name African performers such as Miriam Makeba, Orchestra Baobab, Ba Cissoko, Kanda Bongo Man, Coco Mbassi, Lura, and The Golden Pride Children’s Choir.

Thus, as far as the world music festival is concerned, the Africans have come to play! And the Jamaican reggae founding father, Jimmy Cliff, will be one of the main items on the program.

In the world of song and dance, this is a weekend like no other as 430 celebrated artists from 27 countries converge on Adelaide’s Botanic Park in South Australia to celebrate cultural diversity.