No Pictures Please.

l live and work in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. A number of Sudanese refugee families have moved into the area near my work. l have not had opportunity to chat with them. lt is wonderful to see them in the midst of an otherwise fairly homogenous community. While on a lunch break l noticed a beautiful girl sitting alone on the bench. She wore a blue t-shirt with the following words in black – ”NO PICTURES PLEASE.” I felt saddened that these people who carry themselves with incredible dignity need to ward off locals snapping their pictures as though they were exotic exhibits. We are not very good at relating to people who we perceive as different to us. We pull away, or act like facinated (but wary) tourists. Sadly, even in the church.

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