Wimmera marks National Refugee Week

REFLECTIONS: Wimmera Settlement Committee gathered for a Life Through the Lens photographic exhibition as part of National Refugee Week on Monday night. Community representative John Millington, left, refugee Hserwah Po Kauyt and chairman John Ackland take a closer look at one of the photos. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

REFLECTIONS: Wimmera Settlement Committee gathered for a Life Through the Lens photographic exhibition as part of National Refugee Week on Monday night. Community representative John Millington, left, refugee Hserwah Po Kauyt and chairman John Ackland take a closer look at one of the photos. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WIMMERA Development Association settlement worker Robyn Murphy hopes a range of activities will raise awareness of refugees in the Wimmera this week.

National Refugee Week started on Sunday and continues until Saturday.

Monday and Tuesday included a Life Through the Lens photographic exhibition of Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand and yoga respectively.

Ms Murphy encouraged Wimmera families with playgroup-aged children to join in the Jellybeans Migrant Families Playgroup on Wednesday.

She said the playgroup was on at Horsham Primary School in Rasmussen Road at 10.30am and was an opportunity for Wimmera families to meet others.

Wednesday night features a screening of Mary Meets Mohammad, at Horsham Civic Centre’s reception room at 6.45pm.

Ms Murphy said the movie focused on a knitting club member who visited and befriended an asylum seeker in Tasmania’s Pontville Detention Centre.

“It’s a bit of an insight into the life of an asylum seeker in a detention centre,” she said.

Ms Murphy believed about 60 refugees lived in the Wimmera.

She encouraged people to support the activities.

“It raises awareness that we do have refugees living in the Wimmera,” she said.

“Meet some new people who have come from a different culture.”

National Refugee Day is on Friday.

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