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article imageSydney launch of Refugee Week 2012 Special

By Richard Milnes     Jun 17, 2012 in World
Sydney - Some of the positive contributions that refugees have made were celebrated at an event marking the start of Refugee Week 2012.
Refugee Week was launched in Sydney at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney. The event ran from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 16 June. Launch events also took place in Melbourne and Adelaide. Refugee Week is from 17 – 23 June.
The organisers of the launch were:
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA)
The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
Friends of STARTTS
Australian Refugee Film Festival
Musical performance
The event began with a musical performance. Mustafa Karami, Reza Karami, Siamak Farokhsrosht and Mahour Jalili, were introduced by the MC, Yalda Hakim. They played traditional music from their country.
Musical performance by Mustafa Karami  Reza Karami  Siamak Farokhsrosht and Mahour Jalili.
Musical performance by Mustafa Karami, Reza Karami, Siamak Farokhsrosht and Mahour Jalili.
Musical performance by Mustafa Karami  Reza Karami  Siamak Farokhsrosht and Mahour Jalili.
Musical performance by Mustafa Karami, Reza Karami, Siamak Farokhsrosht and Mahour Jalili.
Dario Palermo Refugee Art Exhibition
Lachlan Murdoch, the Deputy CEO of STARTTS, introduced the Dario Palermo Refugee Art Exhibition, in the place of the CEO, Mr Jorge Aroche, who was unable to make the event.
Mr Murdoch informed those present “There are almost fifty works in the exhibition from eighteen different artists. It spans thirty years of artistic endeavour; there are artists that came to Australia in the nineteen seventies and eighties following repression in South America, right up to recent works, people who portray situations such as the experience and the predicament of children in detention.”
He went on to say “I think you will find this an emphasis on quality and not necessarily quantity, which is great.”
Lachlan Murdoch  STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivo...
Lachlan Murdoch, STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) gives an introduction to the Dario Palermo Refugee Art Exhibition. Sydney launch of Refugee Week 2012.
Some paintings in the Dario Palermo Refugee Art Exhibition.
Some paintings in the Dario Palermo Refugee Art Exhibition.
Official launch of Refugee Week
Mr Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia officially launched the event.
After acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and all the refugees present who had made this land their home, Mr Power said “We have chosen, as you can see the theme ‘Restoring Hope’ for Refugee Week for this year and the following two years as a way of emphasising both the need for hope to be restored in persecuted people and also the optimism which grows from displaced people and to keep building what the persecution has taken away from them.”
Paul Power  CEO  Refugee Council of Australia. Official launch of Refugee Week 2012.
Paul Power, CEO, Refugee Council of Australia. Official launch of Refugee Week 2012.
Keynote address
Ms Nooria Wazefadost, an ethnic Hazara from Afghanistan, who is currently studying accounting at university, spoke of her family’s treacherous journey to Australia on a boat.
She described Australians as “the most caring people in the world”.
Finally in September 2000 after travelling for ten days they arrived on Australian land after being found by an Australian navy boat. She spent three months in a detention centre and was then given a temporary visa for three years.
Ms Nooria Wazefadost – Keynote address.
Ms Nooria Wazefadost – Keynote address.
Presentation of the 2012 Humanitarian Awards
Lachlan Murdoch presented the 2012 Humanitarian Awards:
“The Humanitarian awards have been a feature of this launch for seven years now and I would like to acknowledge that this was the brain child of Gary Taylor who, several years ago thought that it would be an important thing to recognise the work of people, both from refugee backgrounds, who had made their way to Australia as refugees, who were supporting communities and others who had had refugee experiences who were working in the wider mainstream community and also people who were not from refugee backgrounds, but who were working to support and provide assistance above and beyond the call of duty, in many cases, to people from refugee backgrounds.”
“We have awards in twelve categories today.”
The winners were:
Education – Treehouse Theatre
Youth – Zarina Karimi
Media – Saber Baluch
Legal – Anne Mainsbridge
Public Sector – Adol Takpiny
Sport – AFL ACT/NSW Multicultural Program
Rural and Regional – Dr Bill Anscombe
Business – Deeqo Omar
Refugee Supporter (in a paid role) – Ricci Bartels
Refugee Supporter (in a voluntary role) – Nizza Siano
Refugee Community Worker (in a paid role) – Delilah Shinko
Refugee Community Worker (in a voluntary role) – Santino Yuot
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Legal – Anne Mainsbridge  a solicitor who until recently worked fo...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Legal – Anne Mainsbridge, a solicitor who until recently worked for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre as part of the Mental Health Legal Services Program.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Education - Treehouse Theatre.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Education - Treehouse Theatre.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Media – Saber Baluch.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Media – Saber Baluch.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Sport – AFL ACT/NSW Multicultural Program.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Sport – AFL ACT/NSW Multicultural Program.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Rural and Regional – Dr Bill Anscombe  Coordinator and Senior Lect...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Rural and Regional – Dr Bill Anscombe, Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for Social Work Programs at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Business – Deeqo Omar  founder of Amazing Family Day Care  Sydney...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Business – Deeqo Omar, founder of Amazing Family Day Care, Sydney’s first multicultural day care service.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Public Sector – Adol Takpiny  Emerging Communities Liaison Officer...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Public Sector – Adol Takpiny, Emerging Communities Liaison Officer within the Department of Attorney General and Justice.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Refugee Supporter (in a paid role) – Ricci Bartels. She currently ...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Refugee Supporter (in a paid role) – Ricci Bartels. She currently works as the Manager of Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre and Deputy Chair of the Settlement Council of Australia.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Refugee Supporter (in a voluntary role) – Nizza Siano. She has bee...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Refugee Supporter (in a voluntary role) – Nizza Siano. She has been secretary for Labour for Refugees (L4R) from the time of its inception.
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Refugee Community Worker (in a volunteer role) – Santino Yuot  who...
2012 Humanitarian Award winner: Refugee Community Worker (in a volunteer role) – Santino Yuot, who runs the Dinka Literacy Association.
2012 Humanitarian Award winners.
2012 Humanitarian Award winners.
Australian Refugee Film Festival
Mr Gary Taylor, President of the Australian Refugee Film Festival introduced the films.
The finalists were:
‘War School’, ‘In the Same Boat’, ‘Lost and Found’, ‘A Dream Deferred’, ‘Culture Shock’, ‘Detention’s like a prison’, ‘Asylum’, ‘Displaced and Disabled’, ‘Lost in Detention: Refugee Worker’, ‘The North Korean Refugee Crisis’, ‘Salt’ and ‘The Child Soldiers of Burma’.
Gary Taylor  President  Australian Refugee Film Festival.
Gary Taylor, President, Australian Refugee Film Festival.
Australian Refugee Film Festival showing.
Australian Refugee Film Festival showing.
Refugees human rights
The refugee situation in Australia was mentioned in the Amnesty International report: State of the World’s Human Rights. This, the 50th annual review was launched on 23 May 2012.
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