Aug 2018 | 'Turnbull, take your words back': South Sudanese plead for racism to stop

Date: 18 Aug 2018

Source: The Guardian 

High school student Elizabeth Gai says she wants to be a doctor one day. Ashar Anyar is studying criminology and aspires to become a lawyer.

The two South Sudanese-Australian women have big dreams, but first, they just want to be heard.

“We need our politicians and our leaders to know that we are affected by their statements,” Anyar, 24, told Guardian Australia this week at the launch of a new video highlighting racism directed towards the South Sudanese-Australian community.

Created by prominent Australian film and TV producer Richard Keddie and Anglican bishop Philip Huggins, Please Stop features South Sudanese community members relating their experiences of dealing with racism. Keddie, Huggins and South Sudanese-Australians say the racism has been further fuelled by politicians declaring that Melbourne is in the midst of an “African gangs crisis”.