Ajak South Sudan

In Sudan, we have beautiful cultures where the hospitality is wonderful from north to south. We are very trustworthy, straightforward and hardworking people. As a child, there’s no fear because everybody knows everyone. If you’re naughty, anyone in the community can tell you off. We have a very strong bond with our grandparents also. I used to love acting as my blind grandfather’s walking stick, taking him around our village for visits. The good thing about growing up in Africa is we didn’t have a lot of things like toys or television but we had nature all around us. We played in open spaces with our animals. Everyone is so free. It’s so sad that war could take that away from us.

I lived in Egypt for eight years. We were not starving but we didn’t have the luxury of eating three times a day. I first arrived to Australia as a refugee. I didn’t know what was going on but I was just so excited. I love Australia and its people. There are so many great things about this country such as its safety and opportunities. Australia is our home and should be treated with respect and care.

Being multicultural makes it a better place. Everyone comes with new ideas. We can learn from each other from all aspects of life. It wasn’t that long ago when we were one people living here on the earth. We have become a very strong nation because we have collected people from around the world. It is important to remember we are the same. We should focus on the positives rather than the negatives between us. It’s what you think on the inside that is important. We are all animals anyway. You see white and black cows but they are still cows. We are more similar than different.

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