Refugees get taste of local life

8/09/2008 9:31:00 AM

A GROUP of African refugees has been introduced to a unique aspect of Australian life during a visit to the Berry Sport and Recreation Camp.

Around 30 teenagers, who had arrived in Australia as refugees from a range of African countries and settled in the Illawarra, spent a weekend at the Sport and recreation camp and received an official welcome to country by Nowra Aboriginal elder, Sonny Simms.

Mr Simms also spoke to the group about Aboriginal history and culture, giving an insight to the way the nation's first inhabitants lived.

The weekend camp was organised by the Illawarra Multicultural Service to help the teenagers learn more about the Australian way of life.

And the camp's participants said they had learnt and experienced many new things since leaving their homes in an array of countries - many of them wracked by conflict, war or famine - including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan.

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