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Raising awareness of the war experiences of refugees

Najeeba Wazefadost

UTAS is a sponsor for World Vision's Just One World Launceston forum next Monday to raise awareness of the war experiences of refugees who come to Tasmania.

The Forgotten Victims of War forum will feature speakers such as Najeeba Wazefadost, winner of the 2011 Young Woman of the West Award, president of the Hazara Women of Australia and case manager at Settlement Services Australia.

Also speaking will be Rebecca Cuthill, formerly of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and now manager of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal based at UTAS.

The forum will help Tasmanians to understand the situation of refugees, some of whom are UTAS students or now live in Tasmania, who have been forced to leave their homes as a result of armed conflict, violence or human rights violations.

UTAS Global Education Project co-ordinator Dr Marion Myhill from the Faculty of Education which is supporting the forum, said the toll of wars is immeasurable.

"Something needs to be done for those forced to flee the place they once called home," she said.

"The forum will discuss what we can do for refugees who have already been through so much."

University staff and students are especially encouraged to attend the forum, to be held at Launceston College on Monday 14th May, 6-7.30pm.

There is no cost but those expecting to attend should RSVP please at onejustworld.

Image: The Forgotten Victims of War forum will feature speakers such as Najeeba Wazefadost.

Published on: 09 May 2012 9:29am