Sisters go back to where opinions came from
They had the same upbringing, but Adelaide sisters Jodi, 33, and Renee, 29, somehow formed opposite views on the subject of asylum seekers.
Renee, on the other hand, works for an organisation that assists refugees, in particular minors who have arrived by boat. She knew that taking part in SBS’s Go Back To Where You Came From with her sister would test their relationship.
“She often made comments and held opinions, which I considered racist,” Renee says.
During the experiment, the sisters live with former “boat people” in Australia, experience life on a boat that is turned back at sea, and retrace their hosts journey through the Thai jungle where human trafficking is rife.
Jodi says that as a “stubborn person”, she didn’t expect to change her long-held views. “The news and word on the street led me to believe my opinions were valid, and (like) the majority of Australians,” she says. “(But) you cannot be immersed in such horrific situations, see what we saw and meet the people we did, without feeling empathy and compassion.”
Renee held high hopes that her sister’s views would change.
“Jodi and I had our moments during the trip, but that was as expected,” Renee says.
“Jodi was being pushed to her limits, with her views being challenged constantly. I don’t
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