The Oromo in Exile: From the Horn of Africa to the Suburbs of Australia (Paperback)Greg Gow (author)
Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 02/06/1998
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The movement of thousands of refugees from the Horn of Africa to Australia has only recently begun to attract interest among the media and general public. Perhaps the least known among these refugees are the Oromo people who have fled continued persecution in Ethiopia. By the year 2002, more than fifteen hundred Oromo had found their way to Australia. In this totally original book, Greg Gow provides a privileged insight into the values and meanings of lives that could easily be seen as marginal. Packed with insight and imageful observation, The Oromo in Exile communicates some of the vibrancy and complexity among these people from the Horn of Africa who are now living in Australia. Arising out of a series of dramatic and sometimes startling encounters, the book addresses the question of identity and place by giving voice to the pain of exile not only among the Oromo but displaced people more generally. As Gow narrates, although now free in Australia, the Oromo experience anguish and divided loyalties as the dominant values of individualism, privacy and self-advancement in mainstream Australian society conflict with their longing for cohesion and community. Gow discovers that
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm
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