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  • ‘Do not abandon us’ Behrouz Boochani tells audience in Wentworth Falls

    ‘Do not abandon us’ Behrouz Boochani tells audience in Wentworth Falls

    Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian journalist and award winning autho, discussed his recently published memoir No Friend But the Mountain: Writing From Manus Prison at the Wentworth Falls School of Performing Arts last Saturday. Mr. Boochani fled from Iran to seek refuge in Australia but was instead sent to offshore detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Boochani is a vocal advocate for Kurdish people and all refugees and asylum seekers. Mr. Boochani Skyped in from East Lorengu, the refugee accommodation on Manus Island where he currently resides, and received a standing ovation from audience members, before talking about his memoir and his time in detention.Read more

  • Changing lives, changing perceptions: Young refugees from the Treehouse Theatre perform for Katoomba High

    Changing lives, changing perceptions: Young refugees from the Treehouse Theatre perform for Katoomba High

    Refugee students from Miller Technology High in Cabramatta, Sydney, shared their life stories in a Tree of Life performance for Katoomba High School on Wednesday 19 June. The students, from war-torn Iraq and Syria, were part of Parramatta’s Treehouse Theatre that provides a platform for young refugees to act out their stories of plight.
    The young refugees, aged between 12 and 17, performed in front of 700 Katoomba High School students and their teachers. None of them had been in Australia longer than 2 years, with one arriving only 8 months ago. Read more

  • BMRSG Helps   Saving these men from life on the streets.

    BMRSG Helps Saving these men from life on the streets.

    Since September 2017 BMRSG has been financially supporting nine young men originally evacuated to Australia from Manus Island and Nauru with severe medical and psychological conditions. Already traumatised  by their experiences and still new to Australian life, they were cut off from government payments without a warning date and given 3 weeks to get outRead more

  • From back yard chilli crop to market garden

    From back yard chilli crop to market garden

    Three years ago I was introduced to an asylum seeker family with a bubbly 4 year old and a very pregnant mum. A few weeks later twin girls arrived. Sri’s dream was to always have his own market garden. In his suburban block he grew so many chilies he was selling them to local shops.
    This week the first crop, 4,500 zucchini plants, go to market and they will plant a crop of tomatoes in a glass house.Read more

  • Look Mum!  I can swim.

    Look Mum! I can swim.

    Seven weeks ago we started our third term of the asylum seeker swimming program. Each week this very enthusiastic group of youngsters with their mums and dads arrive at the Blacktown Aquatic Centre for their “extended “ swimming lesson.

    These lessons are thanks to BMRSG supporters and the terrific volunteers.Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    Before Christmas I requested help for a Punjabi woman and her child who was in a desperate
    situation. Within 10 minutes of making the request I had my first offer of accommodation for her.
    Meg, from Katoomba offered a lovely room for 3 weeks. This wasn’t just accommodation it was the
    hand of friendship, a non-judgemental environment where her confidence could be restored. There
    was love, laughter and tears. The outcome is a friendship forever.
    No words could possibly convey the gratitude that we all owe to Meg.
    The next step of the journey has begun.Read more