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"New Humans Of Australia" Is The Perfect Response To Negative Reporting Of Refugees

Celebrating the voices of refugees and migrants who call Australia home.

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"New Humans of Australia" is a Facebook page and project celebrating the voices of refugees and migrants.

Facebook: NewHumansOfAustralia

It's been running for about a month and aims to show the positive stories behind refugees that aren't always explored in mainstream media.

Facebook: NewHumansOfAustralia

The founder of the project, Nicola, told BuzzFeed News that she got the idea after working with a lot of refugees within the Australian government's Adult Migrant English Program.

"I got to hear a lot of amazing stories. At the same time, the stories about refugees coming through the mainstream media were often negative."

"I've always been a huge fan of "Humans of New York", and was inspired to try the same style with the people I was working with."

Nicola's favourite person to talk so so far has been Roda, a refugee who arrived in Sydney eight years ago after a long journey across Africa.

Facebook: NewHumansOfAustralia

The reception has been overwhelming, says Nicola, with hundreds of comments and shares on each photo.

Facebook: NewHumansOfAustralia

The page has also become an accidental forum, with discussions occurring regularly debating what "Australia" is as a country.

Nicola is currently unfunded and hopes to apply for a grant in the near future so she can spend more time doing what she loves.

Like "New Humans of Australia" here.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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