Refugee Week

Choir is blessed with fine voices 

Refugee Week was celebrated in Two Wells last month with the Blessing Gospel Choir performing at Two Wells Uniting Church on Friday, June 20.

Organised on behalf of the church by Department of Human Services multicultural services officer, Paul Schmelzkopf, around 35 people enjoyed an energetic, soulful and uplifting performance.

Former refugee Muhama Yotham also gave an insight into his personal experience as a refugee from the small central African country of Burundi.

Mr Yotham said there were around 45.2 million refugees worldwide as of December 2012, and he had lived in Australia since 2005 after being a refugee in Tanzania for eight years.

“Some of the refugee camps are terrible,” he said.

“There are so many people at this moment who are seeking refugee status.

“They don’t have any hope in their country, they don’t see any future for their kids.

“Life is not easy.”

Paul said he was pleased by the community turnout to the event and praised the choir and Muhama for their efforts.

“It was great to have the choir and Muhama here,” he said.

“Their enthusiasm and singing was fantastic (and) it’s important  we in the community are aware of the plight of refugees.”

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