A lot of the work I’ve done in the past few years has had a socially empowering, humanitarian bent. I’m lucky to have met and interviewed some of Australia’s most remarkable individuals, people whose life stories have stayed with me.
Here are some of my favourite bits and pieces from those encounters. I hope that articles like these might, little by little, counter some of the uglier discourses that seem to sit comfortably in the Australian mainstream. We can – and do – choose to see differently.
Sister Stories – an ongoing series of interviews with Global Sisters female entrepreneurs
SBS Voices – ongoing refugee profiles and humanitarian feature stories for SBS
How being a refugee shaped my appreciation for education
I was kidnapped and raped for being too beautiful
14 and living in the bail house: Meet the aunty saving kids from our unsafest streets
Myanmar’s secret frontline in medical education
Deng Thiak Adut’s Australia Day lecture focuses on freedom from fear
Three MSF health workers, three conflict zones, three tales of new life in war-torn chaos
‘We’re doing it for the kids’ say Aboriginal elders who refuse to leave remote communities
Indigenous health: No alcohol debit card backed by Noel Pearson divides Kununurra
I’m not going to leave them in Third World conditions
How a bottle of ginger tonic is changing one refugee’s life
‘Language isn’t working’: Artists illustrate leaked Nauru files in new exhibition
Not all visas are created equal
‘This is happening in Australia’: Sydney victim of slavery speaks out
‘Why do something just because that’s the way it’s done?’: Anna Robertson, the woman behind Yevu clothing
Migrant crisis: Rare joy as baby born on Medecins Sans Frontieres rescue ship
Health worker claims world ‘turned a blind eye’ on ebola
This city is where women fleeing Boko Haram go, and it is struggling
What it means to be a ‘Leb’ in Australian culture
Former Army chief compares war zone horrors to domestic violence
Counting dead women and domestic violence in Australia: How did we do in 2016?