Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has commended the local Congolese community for their efforts in raising global consciousness about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s past two decades of war and political instability.
Ms Sheed used her Members Statement in Parliament yesterday to talk about Breaking the Silence Congo Week and the local events in Shepparton District that have helped further the cause.
Ms Sheed attended a Congo Week event in November, hosted by the Goulburn Valley Congolese Association.
“As many in this place would know, Shepparton District is immensely proud of its multicultural population,” Ms Sheed said.
“Since the first 10 Congolese families arrived in Shepparton more than 10 years ago the local Congolese population has grown to more than 150 people and they have worked hard to make a new home for themselves in my electorate.
“Unsurprisingly, many still have large networks of family and friends living in the Congo and so, while physically removed from the conflict, now experience it at a distance.
“However, while there was a sense of sadness and loss among many of the people attending this event, there was also joy in spending an evening celebrating Congolese culture through musical, cultural displays and , of course, food.”
Breaking the Silence Congo Week started in New York in 2008 and has since galvanised the participation of people in more than 70 countries and 500 university campuses and communities.
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