A possie in Aussie

March 24, 2009

African migrants: daring to hope

Filed under: African,human rights,refugee — Nayano @ 6:40 am
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I draw your attention to an article in the Australian, ‘New home, new hope’ by Drew Warne-Smith on March 23, 2009.

Drew reminds us of the so-called brawl in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington in 2007, when

“a police van on a routine patrol of Flemington, in Melbourne’s inner north, was hit by a rock as it passed a public housing estate on Racecourse Road. The estate, a series of high-rise blocks wedged between the M2 overpass and Flemington Hill, is home to a largely migrant community of about 5000, many of them African refugees. The police did a U-turn and entered the grounds, where they approached an 18-year-old Eritrean, Mubarek Mussa. But on a night when yet another grim chapter would be written in the story of African resettlement in Australia, what happened next depends on whom you ask.

Police say Mussa became “abusive” when questioned, so they arrested him. Another African teenager then “attacked” them, so they arrested him too. And when hordes of residents flooded out of the flats and surrounded police – a threatening crowd that swelled within minutes to more than 100, many trying to free the boys – the officers called for back-up.”

Drew goes to Flemington and interviews people from the largest African Australian group there, the Somalis.

These are fine interviews, well worth reading.



  1. Do you have a copy of this article? It has been removed from the website?

    Comment by katie — February 15, 2010 @ 9:31 am | Reply

    • Sorry! I checked too, and it does seem to have disappeared – and I don;t have a copy.

      Comment by nayano — February 15, 2010 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

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