Did you know that this week is Refugee Week?
I'm pretty passionate about Refugees in Australia, especially Asylum Seekers who get a lot of negative press from the mainstream media. My family and I have had the absolute privilege of living with different asylum seekers in a community house over the past few years. Women and children who have fled their homelands in hope of a safer and better life here in Australia. It breaks my heart that many of these people have not be welcomed well into our country.
A few years ago I was commissioned to write a song about Asylum Seekers. The idea was to give a human voice to what had become a disturbingly faceless political issue. I recorded it but never received a copy so except for live performances I haven't been able to share this song with my fans. I decided to go on an internet land search the other day (googled myself!) and found it on an American Salvation Army music sharing website!!! Who knew.
Please click on the link below and listen to the song I wrote (with the help of Byron Coleman and Melissa Bantock) called "Hands Tied", and if you are interested to get the real facts on Asylum Seekers (not the dubious "Today Tonight" version) please visit the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre website, a wonderful almost completely volunteer run organisation.
Happy Refugee week to you all!
My housemate is growing her own food!