Hard roads to freedom

Ayantu Deme, Aliye Geleto and Lensa Dinka are speaking up for the Oromo community. FOR the Oromo people, Refugee Week in Australia stirs up powerful memories. ‘‘It is a time for us to reflect that we are not mentally settled in Australia but that we are physically settled here,’’ said Lensa Dinka, a Southern Health nurse.

Speaking with two other Oromo friends she described how she came to Australia in 1999. ‘‘I was at university in Ethiopia and our graduation was due but the government would not let us finish our study,’’ she said. ‘It was hard to live there peacefully so I escaped
and worked on the Sudanese border for some years, educating people as a teacher.’’

For more information: Oromo fight for recognition in their new home.

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