Challenges faced by African migrants highlighted at Melbourne forum

Former refugee Nyadol Nyuon has achieved a lot since arriving in Australia in 2005 at the age of 18. But her path to success hasn’t been without its hurdles. 

Ms Nyuon was born in an Ethiopian refugee camp after her family fled conflict in South Sudan during the late 1980s. She spent much of her youth in Kakuma camp in Kenya.

She was reunited with her mother in 2000 before they applied for resettlement together in Australia. It was her arrival here which allowed her to follow her dream of becoming a lawyer.

“I knew when I was in a refugee camp that I wanted to pursue further studies, I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer, and Australia has given me that,” she told SBS News. 

Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon came to Australia when she was 18.

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