New Humans of Australia is not only a popular Facebook page (it has 115,000 subscribers and counting), it’s now also a coffee table book. Its premise is simple: each of us has a story to tell, and migrants and refugees’ stories – rarely heard in their own words during our national discussion around migration and asylum – should be shared. The 49 people who generously shared their stories in this book have come through great adversity and adventure, with bravery and perseverance. We hear stories starting in Iran and Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Nepal, Wales and Ogaden, and ending in our own community. I read from this book to my five-year-old child at bedtime, and, over a week, we spent hours discussing the stories through her eyes. Why didn’t Gulima speak English when she started school? Why did Roda have to leave her family photo album under a tree? Why was Ibrahim’s village house bulldozed? Why was Oboya’s dad put in prison for his political beliefs? Reading New Humans of Australia also enabled my daughter and I to talk about her elderly great-grandparents who migrated to Australia after civil war devastated their village. Empathising with others is an important life skill. And I hope by reading New Humans of Australia more of us are encouraged to ask others about their story and our own.
Equity and Diversity Unit
Nicola Gray graduated from UTS in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She launched the New Humans of Australia Facebook page in 2015 as a way to celebrate the diverse contributions of refugees and migrants who now call Australia home.
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