From Sudan to Australia, Fatma Adam finally feels safe

Graduands Fatma Adam and Yadav Mangar. Picture: Paul Scambler
Graduands Fatma Adam and Yadav Mangar. Picture: Paul Scambler

Coming to Australia from Sudan was not a choice for 26-year-old Fatma Adam but a necessity.

Ms Adam fled her war torn home country almost seven years ago because continued war and fighting infringed on her and her family's safety.

She said she left for Tasmania for a better life and a safe place where she could send her two children to school without fear of what might happen to them.

For 23-year-old Yadav Mangar the story was similar.

Mr Mangar left Bhutan four-and-a-half years ago as a refugee in search of a life his home country could not afford him.

He said he was living in a refugee camp in Bhutan where he was unable to complete an education and there was little shelter available to him.

Millions of South Sudanese have fled the country while Bhutan has remained one of the world's biggest creators of refugees per capita.

"Australia is known as the land of opportunity to provide to the people. Australia welcomes different people and different communities from different countries," Mr Mangar said.

He said opportunity was what drove his decision to leave Bhutan as a refugee.

While Ms Fatma and Mr Mangar have both had to make the treacherous journey from the ravages of their home country to a new life in Australia, they have something more in common.

They were both part of a graduating cohort of 12 who recently completed an aged care employment preparation program delivered by the Migrant Resource Centre and Masonic Care Tasmania.

The 12 graduands received their certificates on Monday morning, and Ms Adam had already secured a career in aged care with Masonic Care. She said the job would change her life.

The 12 person graduating cohort Garja Khatri, Devi Gurung, Somita Magar, Fatma Adam. Cheryl Griffiths, Azita Tezaei Chalehzeini, Marilyn Middap, Urmila Rai, Anju Pradhan, Nabina Rai, Yadav Mangar. Picture: Paul Scambler

The 12 person graduating cohort Garja Khatri, Devi Gurung, Somita Magar, Fatma Adam. Cheryl Griffiths, Azita Tezaei Chalehzeini, Marilyn Middap, Urmila Rai, Anju Pradhan, Nabina Rai, Yadav Mangar. Picture: Paul Scambler

"It will totally change my life. For a while it felt like I was just here on one foot, but now I feel like I'm on two feet," she said.

Though Mr Mangar had not yet found work in the aged care sector, he said the program did more than just prepare him for that kind of work.

"Whatever I have learnt from the aged care classes I will implement in my regular life," he said.

"That will help me to improve and give me a better life."

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