Sunday, April 10, 2005

FACING THE FUTURE

The new generation of African refugees have their first taste of freedom in the land Down Under, as they search for a new home and a new life. Gone are the gruesome memories of Africa’s long wars. Death, famine, and destruction are but a distant memory.

The fact remains that more than 17,000 Sudanese refugees who have escaped the civil war and extreme deprivation are presently trying to make a new life for themselves in Australia.

On the whole, the total number of Africans coming here under the humanitarian program is likely to increase in the foreseeable future, given the new sensibility in Australia’s relations with Africa.

But there are enormous challenges relating to feeding, clothing, educating, housing, and caring for the new arrivals. Engineering a prosperous future is no mean feat!
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