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Berry Amnesty at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival 17-19 October

Despite some rain members of the Berry Amnesty Local Action Group set up our Free Children in Detention activity at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival. Thank you to the Folk Festival organisers for their support for our being there.

The activity raises awareness of the plight and number of asylum seeker children in locked detention both on and off shore. In “freeing” a toy from the caged area of our stall, people symbolically state their view that children should not be in locked detention. The toy is “freed” of its tag. The tag is a letter to local MPs that people sign declaring that children should not be in locked detention.

We’ll be at the Festival all weekend. Here’s some of the photos of Friday just after we set up to give you the flavour.


Berry Amnesty Action Group officially launched

The Berry Amnesty Action Group was officially launched by Bede Carmody of Amnesty International Australia on 20 June 2014 at the Nowra Library.

Over 70 people were in attendance for the group’s World Refugee Day event, which event included two emotionally moving talks from refugees from Eritrea and Congo. They spoke of their harrowing journeys within their own countries and through other countries as refugees before being finally reaching Australia.

The East Nowra community choir – Verdant Voices – provided heart warming entertainment. Thanks also to the Nowra Library for great support, and to Slice of Life Australia of North Nowra for terrific catering.