It’s that time again already. The We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB has more stories for you.
Our generous co-hosts for this month are Sylvia McGrath, Susan Scott, Shilpa Garg, Damyanti Biswas, and Belinda Witzenhausen
I nearly lost the story I was going to post. But I found it again thanks to SBS Australia journalist Jennifer Scherer. It’s about refugee Bill Ngo who fled conflict and came to Australia. In time he began a business. Sadly, his business is dwindling due to losses in these COVID-19 days. But Bill is undaunted and plans to get going again. Scherer tells his story on audio (put the sound on!).
The other part of this news is that there is good reason to believe small businesses like this are probably near us too. We can find out where they are and support them.
In a similar vein, back in January 2020, SBS News Australia also told a story of a Sri Lankan Restaurant ‘Colombo Social’ giving refugees and asylum seekers their first jobs. Or, you can check out their Facebook page.
Shaun Christie-David. Image: SBS News Australia, 10 January 2020
“Sydney restaurant Colombo Social hires refugees and asylum seekers helping to kickstart their careers in Australia, and it’s run by two friends who met in high school, ” says SBS News Australia.
What a great pair of stories in these days where we long to create greater harmony between the peoples of our earth and ensure the underprivileged find a home and a way to share their gifts.
And, for a poem…. by Miroslava Odalovis called ‘Silent Refugees’
What are we left with
When years and health are gone
When tents fall down under the roofs
When the shelters no longer shelter
When winters close down frozen and fireless
When summers burn crying for some ice
When springs forget to grow
And autumns die within a leaf
more at PoemHunter.com.
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