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Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Sudanese in Tamworth

The road to paradise is not for the fainted-hearted; just ask the Sudanese refugees who are trying to settle in Tamworth, the so-called country music capital of Australia.

The Tamworth city council voted last year to reject an offer by the Australian Department of Immigration to settle the Sudanese families in the area, saying the town did not have the resources to cope.

But detractors of the local authority, including some members of Tamworth council are absolutely convinced that the decision was simply racist; arguing the city has the resources to look after 50,000 extra people every year when it holds its famous country music festival.

Weep not! This story has a happy ending. The Tamworth council has now reversed its decision to ban the Sudanese refugees in the area. And the African community leaders welcome the news.

This, indeed, is a great victory for the good citizens of Tamworth who fought (and continue to fight) for the rights of African migrants and refugees to live in the city.

The wheel of compassion turns ever so slowly.

More stories on http://africanrefugees.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Echoes of Love

Amorous rose
In antipodean garden
The New Year with
Songs of love

Echoes of love
And passion in Eden, this
Waxing moon
The beautiful sound
Of the nightingale

Beyond the fragile
Archipelago of the soul…
Cupid’s lair

Dawn of harmony…
Sensitive hot lips melting
The heart of stone

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo