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Refugee Camp in the City, Glebe Park until 6pm

By Overheard - 23 September 2008 66

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
Refugee Camp in your city = Canberra (specifically, Glebe Park)

Until 6pm Wednesday 24 September 2008.

Open for tours every 15 minutes, 9am to midday, then 2pm to 5pm.
Or wander through between midday and 2pm and read the placards and talk to MSF staff.
Information on MSF and refugees in general to take away BUT please note this is a “charity-mugger”-free zone.
They can’t accept cash donations due to security reasons.

www.msf.org.au/refugeecamp

WARNING: after visiting the camp, you may never post again on the RiotACT. All your piddling little concerns…. let me rephrase that. All my piddling little concerns now seem to pale into insignificance by comparison.

A harrowing and intensely emotional experience.

Suspend disbelief and go have a look. (Highly recommended for the ‘blow them out of the waters/push them back into the ocean’ brigade.)

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Refugee Camp in the City, Glebe Park until 6pm
Overheard 6:14 pm 23 Sep 08

Granny said :

Good on you, Tracker!

: )

+1. Two thumbs up and an elephant stamp, Tracker. If you’ve got enough interest and time, please post a story. Just because you’re new doesn’t mean your opinion’s any less valid.

But if not, I’ll see how I go tomorrow — tiii-i-i-ime’s not on my side (no, it ain’t).

Ah, Jaysus, meeting from 1-2pm — faaarrkk! Worse than I thought. Anyone else?

Granny 6:07 pm 23 Sep 08

Good on you, Tracker!

: )

Tracker 5:42 pm 23 Sep 08

Did the tour today.

I’m new here, so my recommendation won’t carry much weight, but nonetheless I give it full praise, a real motivator, and eye opener (I thought I was informed before, but it’s really cool hear first hand stories etc, from aid workers).

Go check it out.

Granny 5:36 pm 23 Sep 08

Nevertheless, you have managed to raise the profile of the refugee issue in this forum.

I really do think you should submit a story on it. Do the tour and write the story. It is a good story and so many will not hear it at all.

In any case, Gungahlin Al’s post really moved me and I have donated now.

Overheard 5:22 pm 23 Sep 08

Nah, there’s no hope for me, Granny.

The verb ‘to [my surname] means:

1. to drop a song lyric casually into a conversation;
2. to (without your asking) correct your text for spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting; and
3. to give a 20,000 word answer when about 200 would probably suffice.

Had the first post made it, you would have all been [surname]-ed. And Bob knows you have been on other threads. Maybe even this one.

Granny 5:15 pm 23 Sep 08

War and Peace is one of my favourite novels, so there was hope for your ill-fated post!

*chuckle*

Overheard 5:07 pm 23 Sep 08

Happy to tell anyone more about it in detail offline as it were.

Others will know about Migrant Resource Centre and other migrant-related services that would welcome volunteers with open arms.

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Overheard 5:05 pm 23 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

At a recent gathering of a political organisation I may belong to, someone there said he was searching for volunteers to help teach some newly liberated (from the concentration camps) refugees to learn to drive.
It prompted a discussion about how those of us who welcome such people to Australia can go about doing something real to help the newly arrived.
Does anyone know?

Oh dear, maybe everything does happen for a reason.

I’ve just written a post longer than ‘War and Peace’ about the Adult Migrant English Program, but though I thought I’d had the presence of mind to copy and paste it lest I lost it, this is all that’s left in the buffer:

http://www.cit.act.edu.au/about/centres/vocational_college/amep/

As for the rest, it went up in a puff of ‘Error connecting to database’ and HTTP 500 or whatever.

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Aurelius 4:24 pm 23 Sep 08

At a recent gathering of a political organisation I may belong to, someone there said he was searching for volunteers to help teach some newly liberated (from the concentration camps) refugees to learn to drive.
It prompted a discussion about how those of us who welcome such people to Australia can go about doing something real to help the newly arrived.
Does anyone know?

Overheard 4:17 pm 23 Sep 08

Al, I’m a beefy, boofy bloke but I had tears streaming down my cheeks and had to really take a couple of quiet moments before going to quiz the staff on the subject of internally-displaced persons in Colombia. I used to tutor someone from Colombia (not very successfully — his English was about as good as my Spanish, i.e. nada) and now I feel very chastened for not having had more patience.

On the bright side, we did have one lingua franca: the World Cup (forget which year) was on at the time! So when all else failed, I’d say: ‘televisionista’ (or something) and we’d go through some basic sentences. ‘Ronaldo passes the ball TO Denilson’. ‘Denilson gets the ball FROM Ronaldo’. ‘Ronaldhino has gone down IN the penalty box. He is being a total “TOOL”.’ Next week, we’ll discuss ‘minimum contact’ and ‘simulation’.

True!

Gungahlin Al 4:08 pm 23 Sep 08

ABC 666 reporter did a live cross yesterday to Ross Solly.

She started off “I’m actually having some trouble composing myself so I can talk to you Ross…”

So apparently as Overheard has said it is actually quite confronting.

Granny 3:58 pm 23 Sep 08

Yes, I did visit the link and am considering donating. It is a fantastic idea!

Overheard 3:51 pm 23 Sep 08

Ah, if I had my camera with me I would have, Granny. But not only do I not have my normal tools of trade with me today, I zipped out of the house this morning at some ungodly hour like an excited little terrier so fast I even left my personal mobile phone at home (avec le camera). So I couldn’t even take 2 mega-pixel snaps on my phone.

The link should give you a good idea, and for all I know (since it’s been up and open for a few days), this may be old news to some as the press may have already been reporting on it.

Slight stuff-up in the title might imply it closes at 6pm today, but it’s there ’til tomorrow (Thursday 24 Sept).

It was especially poignant as I have in the past been (and will again be) a volunteer migrant English tutor with the CIT, and I’ve tutored a couple of refugees, one whose story would just make your heart break in two. (I may have mentioned that before elsewhere — stop me if I have.)

Hopefully going for the full tour tomorrow if I can swing it.

FredJ 3:48 pm 23 Sep 08

Walked past on Saturday and nearly went in but the beer was calling at the Craft Beer Festival.

Damn – I’m shallow.

Granny 3:39 pm 23 Sep 08

I would have come out, Overheard, but can’t take Violet out with this cough in case it develops into a chest infection which could be dangerous.

Perhaps take some pics to share with those of us who can’t make it ….

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