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AFRICAN MIGRANTS

Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Desperately Seeking Asylum

The team officials and athletes who attended last month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia have stayed on to enjoy Australian hospitality, according to The Australian newspaper report.

Some are desperately seeking asylum. In fact, three young women from the West African nation of Sierra Leone are among the 26 athletes and officials who have declared their intention to remain in Australia permanently.

The women are fearful of being forced to undergo the brutal traditional female circumcision, if they return to Sierra Leone.

Thus, down in the trenches, there is a desperate struggle for freedom and survival, so to speak!

The recent report suggests that participants from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Cameroon are among the 126 athletes and team officials who have over-stayed their special Games visas.

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