Refugee Council of Australia
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Supporting refugee community advocacy on an international stage

2015

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Dor Akech Achiek

Dor Akech Achiek

Dor Akech Achiek is a former refugee from South Sudan, who arrived in Australia in 2003. After nine years in a Kenyan refugee camp, he became an active member of his local community in Australia, volunteering his time with several organisations and initiatives for young migrants. His roles throughout the years include youth project work with the Auburn Community Development Network (ACDN) and Mount Druitt Ethnic Community Agency (MECA). In 2014, Dor began working with Settlement Services International. In his position as the Youth Projects Coordinator, Dor continues to aid others to navigate the challenges of resettlement (2017).

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Teju Chouhan

Teju Chouhan

Teju Chouhan fled Bhutan in 1991 escaping systemic discrimination from the government, as a member of a Nepali-speaking minority. While waiting for resettlement in Nepal, Teju ran a radio programme in Kathmandu, putting into practice his Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. He was undertaking his Masters in English Literature at Tribhuvan Univeristy when Australia accepted his claim for asylum in 2008. In his new hometown of Wodonga, Teju became an active member of the community, working for the Wodonga Council to help integrate the increasing numbers of Bhutanese-Nepalese refugees arriving in the town. He later became the founding Chairperson and board member of the Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council. In 2017, he was awarded the Wodonga Citizen of the Year award, as a testament to his passion and contribution to the community. Teju participated in the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) as the community representative.

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