Refugee Week 2020

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Refugee Week 2020
Young people share their perspectives

In the lead up to World Refugee Day, June 20, MYAN has teamed up with UNICEF Australia to hear from young people of refugee backgrounds about how COVID-19 has impacted them. 
“To keep my mental health in check, I always take a break from social media if I need to. Take care of yourself and remember that we have come so far, overcome so many challenges and I am sure we will overcome these challenges altogether!”

- Parwin, originally from Afghanistan and a first-year university student.

Original post on MYAN Facebook
Facebook post on MYAN Australia
"As refugees or migrants, our struggles are different and this pandemic has affected us differently. COVID-19 has exaggerated the pre-existing inequalities and injustices faced by refugee communities and camps. For example, a lack of adequate healthcare which was already a major problem. This high demand for health resources has also led to poor non-COVID-19 health interventions, particularly for women's health."

- Yatha, 23, a MYAN NSW Youth Representative.
Facebook post on UNICEF Australia
“The main problem is that in camps there are less health centres, less medical equipment and they don’t have enough food.
Being home has been difficult being distracted by social media. I have to advise all my fellow young boys and girls, that they should know COVID-19 is not for elders only, it can affect anyone."

- Thomas came from D.R Congo as refugee and lives in the Northern Territory
Facebook post on MYAN Australia
View more stories on the pages of:
What else has been happening during Refugee Week?
MYAN NSW Ambassadors Mahmood and Azizah share their response to 'What does Refugee Week mean to you?
Multicultural Youth Queensland is sharing videos and perspectives of young people that make up their MyQ Youth Council. This youth council provides a platform for advocacy, leadership and change for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds 
Centre for Multicultural Youth (Ballarat Office) shared Luna's incredible story. From early beginnings in Togo and Benin in Africa, to finding his way to Ballarat, Luna shared his family's journey, and explores what life is like today in Ballarat.
Melaleuca Refugee Centre in collaboration with the Communities launched the Ingredients of INclusion Project where people are invited to dine with one family who arrived in the Northern Territory as Refugees. The participants together with the family are the ingredients that spark inclusion as participants share their story, hear theirs, laugh, connect and eat like there is a party in their stomachs.
Campaigns you can support during Refugee Week:
Refugee Council of Australia are asking you to support a key campaign calling on the Federal government to ensure that children and their families seeking asylum aren’t left destitute as a result of COVID-19.
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