Refugee Voices – first hand accounts from extraordinary people who have lived through the refugee or asylum seeker experience.
Some of the distinguished speakers on the night will be:
1. Saba Vasefi – poet, documentary film maker, and human rights activist. She was previously a lecturer in Tehran and was a reporter for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Tehran. She was expelled from the university due to her activism.
2. Najeeba Wazefedost – fled the Taliban’s genocidal massacres of her Hazara ethnic minority when she was 12. She arrived in Australia by boat in 2000. She is a strong advocate for the rights of refugees. was a finalist in 2010 of the Young Human Rights Medal and is a key member of the Hazara Women of Australia Inc.
3. A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis – a prominent orthopedic surgeon and clinical lecturer in Sydney. He was forced to flee Iraq as a first year resident as he refused Saddam’s regime’s brutal orders to surgically remove the ears of soldiers who had escaped from the army; he subsequently fled and arrived in Australia by boat.
4. Hani Abdile – a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. Her first book ‘ I Will Rise’ was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.