Yor ful­fils father’s dream

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

A for­mer refugee is hop­ing to change the refugee re­set­tle­ment pro­gramme in New Zealand for the bet­ter.

Abann Yor, 45, was awarded the New Zealand Win­ston Churchill Me­mo­rial Trust schol­ar­ship to in­ves­ti­gate refugee pro­gramme and re­set­tle­ment is­sues in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney this month, fo­cus­ing on em­ploy­ment and hous­ing.

Yor, orig­i­nally from South Su­dan, re­set­tled in New Zealand through the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) re­fer­ral sys­tem in 2005 from Syria.

He lost his grand­fa­ther, father and brother in the Su­danese Civil War and moved to Syria when he was 13 as an ‘‘in­ter­nally dis­placed per­son’’ - a per­son who is forced to flee their home but re­mains within their coun­try’s borders.

Yor said he couldn’t be hap­pier about the op­por­tu­nity to gain more knowl­edge about the re­set­tle­ment sec­tor in Aus­trala­sia.

‘‘This schol­ar­ship makes me feel ex­cited and proud to be a New Zealan­der,’’ Yor said.

He will specif­i­cally in­ves­ti­gate the role of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and govern­ment agen­cies in the re­set­tle­ment process.

As a for­mer refugee, he was faced a lot of ob­sta­cles es­pe­cially in re­set­tling and find­ing a job.

He said de­spite his strug­gles, his goal was to ful­fil his father’s dream of get­ting qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

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