“Tahar is one of 42 refugees who recount their life stories in interviews lasting several hours on the “Archive of Refuge” digital platform. The archive is a form of oral history that helps others understand history from a purely biographical perspective that rarely finds a place in history books.” Read the full story here. Click on the link above, Archive of Refuge, which will take you to the videoed interviews, which are translated into English.
In the 1970s and ’80s, Ottawa took in about 4,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees escaping communist regimes after the fall of Saigon. Nationwide, Canada took in tens of thousands more. Now, some of their stories are being recorded on video for future generations. Read full story here.
THE detention of those seeking refuge on Australian shores has been a hot-button topic for years. But, in the storm of discourse on immigration policies, there are voices not being heard — the voices of those who have experienced detention under Australian law. They Cannot Take the Sky is an anthology of these stories, gathered through the Behind the Wire oral history project, a non-profit initiative founded in 2014. For full story click here.
The stories, photos and videos are posted on the project's website. This availability was important to Klein Bergman. "Most oral histories that are captured for museums and historical societies that I have worked on over the years are archived away, and little is done outside of that," she said. In contrast, this project was meant to make participants' stories – in their own words – accessible to the community. "You can see their pictures and family photographs, hear their voices, and get a snapshot of what it was like living in the camps – and what it is like for newcomers to arrive here," Klein Bergman said. For full story with links to the website, click here.