"Scared of White People"

Messenger/thanks to Mullah (who’s e-mail we took liberty to publish):

Not really on topic, but to illustrate the failure of multiculturalism, refugee policy, special treatment for refugees & the secret herbs, spices & jizyah expended in pursuit of failure …

You could not make this up – Sudanese refugees whose children get special schooling and bus transport … but are complaining that the freebies might be cut back because the children don’t know how to travel on public buses, and one of them is “scared of white people”.

If anyone circulated this in an email, they would be denounced as racists and exposed on “Media Watch”.


UNTIL this year, Isaac and Leila Tieng’s four youngest children aged 5 to 11 had never set foot in a school.

Growing up in Sudan and then Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp before fleeing to Australia in 2009, Ayok, 11, Kaman, 9, Kuot, 7, and Koul, 5, began their education at Cowandilla Primary in January this year.

Isaac Tieng, with children Kaman, Kuol, Ayok and Kuot, fears cuts to a government bus service to New Arrival Program schools means his children will not be able to continue attending their school, which is an hour from home.

The school is an hour from home and their attendance is only possible thanks to the free state government mini-bus service.

But with $5.4 million in cuts planned for the bus service over the next three years, the Fulham Gardens couple is worried their children may have to go to a mainstream school within walking distance in the future.

“It’s a big disaster,” Mr Tieng says.

“(The children are) still young and have no confidence. They’ve never used public buses in their life.”

He says attending Cowandilla is important because of its New Arrival Program (NAP), which gives his children extra help, including extensive support with their English skills.

The family owns a car, but Mr Tieng must leave home at 8am to study in the city and his pregnant wife does not have a driver’s licence.

He says attending a school with NAP classes makes it easier for his children to learn and to fit in.

“My youngest child is scared of white people. If refugee children are just taken to a normal school it would affect them because it would be scary and they wouldn’t be able to understand the teachers,” Mr Tieng says.

His children did not speak English before arriving in Australia, but after attending NAP classes at Cowandilla, they now have a strong grasp of the language.

“Sometimes their English is better than mine now,” Mr Tieng says.