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Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

March 10th is a day of great significance for all Tibetans around the world. It is the day on which they gather to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in 1959 when, after 10 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet, Tibetans rose up in opposition. 10th March 2020 is the 61st Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. The Blue Mountains City Council has for some years hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony and the flying of the Tibetan Flag outside the Council Chambers in our Peace Park.

Life in the community after 10 years in detention – BMRSG Helps

Mandeep* was in detention for nearly 10 years. During his time at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, his mental health and the injuries he suffered fleeing civil war at home slowly worsened. BMRSG volunteers visited Mandeep during this time, campaigned for his release and are now supporting him in the community as he transitions from detention to living in and negotiating his way around Sydney. Find out how BMRSG supports those who come seeking safety.

Ocean 12 makes ABC News

After surviving what he describes as two death threats, Anustiyan Sivapalan made the decision to flee Sri Lanka for Australia. "They come to my home, they tried to kill me, but luckily I escaped from the shootout," he said. "That's why I [was] forced to leave." While the psychological scars caused by an experience like this are too complex for many to understand, Mr Sivapalan has found a community where stories like his are the norm. He has been playing cricket for a suburban western Sydney team called Ocean 12 that is comprised of Tamil asylum seekers.

Hard work and perseverance – Who Are We? Part 4

A house full of single men cut off from their families is not always the most serene of places. A house in Liverpool was one such place, full of Tamil men from Sri Lanka and living now very far from home. No mothers, no fathers, no children, and no wives, and this not by any real choice of their own. Many of the young men in this house had Australian residency, but without citizenship they cannot bring their families over to join them.

A Christmas Message

My Mum passed away a year ago at 98. Not long before, she had magnets made for everyone that said "Christmas is the key to the future'  This year It hit me that the Christmas story of a baby born to a homeless  refugee family destined to bring A Christmas message, Peace to the earth, changes what we value in this sad old world whatever belief system we follow.  Decisions made from a Christmas value base are the key to a future where we care for each other and our aching planet. In these last days of a hard hard year , as the mountains burn around us let us be grateful for the faithfulness of those who live by these Christmas values.

Ocean 12 – Who Are We? Part 3

Congratulations Ocean 12 winner of Last Man Stands (LMS) Australian Championship 2019. It still seems impossible to believe that all those years ago this group of traumatised men who played cricket appallingly have achieved so much. They still manage to shelve their worries and fears and show their amazing ability as a team which has rocked the world of 20/20 cricket. They will compete in the World Champs in Sydney in December.

Who Are We?

First of a series of posts on some of the wide range of people who make up Blue Mountains Support Group Inc. Our promotion says ""Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc is a diverse group of ordinary Australians from all sides of politics....We are all volunteers." Some of our most enthusiastic supporters are young people. Read two accounts of young people who are helping; the Automotive Studies students at Blaxland High School and Sam who raised over $1100 by running in the City to Surf 2018.