Refugee community leader builds a bridge of hope in Bangkok

Hadi Saifi has always been curious. He recalls living in Ghazni in Afghanistan as a child and being fascinated with his father’s radio. “My father was always listening to the radio and I wondered to myself how could there be voices talking inside – how does it work?” This led to Hadi’s interest in technology,…

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Muhama Yotham is cultivating community in Adelaide

Muhama Yotham fled Burundi as a refugee and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania before settling in Adelaide, Australia, 15 years ago. Within a week of arriving, he started volunteering at the local migrant resource centre. Within the second week, he joined an English language training program and continued to volunteer. In his second…

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More than a football club – a way of life

What started as a group of friends playing football in a refugee camp in Nepal has become the Adelaide Dragon Football Club, a team of passionate players for whom football is not just a game, but a way of life. Adelaide Dragon Football Club (ADFC) lead representative Bishal, like many of his team mates, spent…

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No more refugee and asylum seeker children left in Bangkok detention centre

HOST International, with the support of Thailand’s Department of Children and Youth, has made it possible for 27 families (51 children and 26 adults, all mothers or female caregivers and one father) to be released from immigration detention and government shelters into the Thai community. HOST International, working under the auspice of Peaceway Foundation, was…

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