Australia Day ambassador Craig Foster, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismore MP Thomas George with the Kuol family, who became Australia citizens on Tuesday.
Australia Day ambassador Craig Foster, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismore MP Thomas George with the Kuol family, who became Australia citizens on Tuesday.

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Sudanese man Philip Kuol could not keep the beaming grin from his face after he and his family, who came to Lismore from a refugee camp in Kenya, were made Australian citizens at the Australia Day Awards ceremony on Tuesday.

When Michael Douglas from Sanctuary Northern Rivers, the organisation that helps settle refugees, came to congratulate him and tell him how proud he was, Philip greeted him warmly and said of Michael, “this is our father in Australia – he brought us here”.

Philip and his family have been living in Lismore for three years and Philip is now a Sudanese community leader.

“This is so good because where we come from there is a lot of suffering. In Africa there is a lot of war and no good treatment, no good security for my family,” Philip said. “I like Australia because my children can get a good education, and you have good security and good treatment. I feel very proud today to do the ceremony and I like very much being a citizen of Australia. This is a great day for me and my family.”


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