Where do I belong? Am I here or am I there? Akuol Garang on seeking refuge in Australia
More than twenty years ago, Akuol Garang’s family fled Sudan to escape the war and made the long walk to Ethiopia. That walk took them about a month, and at the time, Akuol's mother was nine months pregnant with her. She gave birth during that walk, and they then safely made it to Kenya where Akuol spent the first eleven years of her life growing up in a refugee camp. Once their UNHCR visa came through, in 2001, Akuol and her family migrated to Australia. Akuol shares her story of growing up in Kenya, the sense of community she felt there, and the sense of lost identity and belonging that she struggled with as her family sought refuge in Australia. Now, Akuol is completing her masters of human rights law in Melbourne, and working to advocate for the rights of refugees.