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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Cultural focus on new Tasmanians

The Mercury: Cultural focus on new Tasmanians [22sep05]

THE Glenorchy Library was buzzing yesterday as Tasmanian Governor William Cox opened an exhibition which tells the story of Sudanese women who came to Tasmania as refugees.

The exhibition of photographs is the culmination of a collaborative project involving the Sudanese women, Centacare and TAFE students and evolved over several months.

The exhibition, Weaving a Trail of Cultural Threads, tells of the willingness and struggles by the women to learn English, their daily undertakings of adjusting to modern western lifestyles and their joy and involvement in Centacare's Stitch program, a sewing group, at New Town.

The words on the back of a photograph by Malissa Richards of Jacqueline Befu tell of the problems for a young mother struggling with a new language.

"I can't read, so I do not know which bus to get on. This is not a fault, it is the experience of not being able to go to school because the country I come from is in constant war," it reads.

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