Special guest lecture from refugee advocate Abdul Karim Hekmat

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities is holding a special guest lecture as part of our first year subject GEOG121 (Human Geography I: Life in a globalising world).

On Tuesday May 12 at 2.30pm in 14.G01, we will hear from prominent refugee advocate Abdul Karim Hekmat on the situation facing Hazara refugees. A short bio is included below.

“Abdul Karim Hekmat arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2001 and spent five months in detention in Australia. Since graduating with honours from UTS under a temporary protection visa scheme, Abdul has participated in many forums, local and international conferences and media debates on refugee issues. Abdul works at a community organisation helping young people from refugee backgrounds. In 2012, he was awarded UTS Alumni Community Award and was recognised as a Refugee Ambassador in 2013. Recently, he was elected as a board member of Refugee Council of Australia” (see http://www.theguardian.com/profile/abdul-karim-hekmat)

Abdul has written multiple articles about refugee issues for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australia, The Age, ABC News and The Saturday paper.

Please feel free to come along for this important lecture.

You can contact Natascha Klocker with any questions: natascha@uow.edu.au

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