Namaste Book Series

Six people tell of seeking asylum in Australia, fleeing their homeland under dangerous circumstances, living in limbo, and leaving everything behind for a new life in Tasmania. The stories are deeply moving, and deal with the themes of family, community, freedom and independence. All the protagonists emphasise education and life skills as necessary for creating fulfilling and autonomous lives for themselves and their families, and write about the great sacrifices they made in achieving these skills.

The Namaste Series is published by TCAL, with the support of 26TEN.

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Namaste – Ghana’s Story

Author: Keiron Galloway, with Ghana
Date of publication: May 2014
Pages: 17


Ghana and her family fled Bhutan due to the political situation and lived in a tent in a refugee camp in Nepal for eighteen years before being relocated to Australia.


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Kemey de Han W’alu – Kibra’s Story

Author: Keiron Galloway, with Kibra
Date of publication: May 2014
Pages: 17


Kibra suffered imprisonment, torture, and a gruelling eight-day cross-border journey without food or water, before living as a refugee for twenty years in Kenya.


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Salam – Layla’s Story

Author: Keiron Galloway, with Ghana
Date of publication: May 2014
Pages: 17


Layla and her family fled Afghanistan when she was very young, and lived in Pakistan and Iran for many years. Many of Layla’s family members died in Iran before she and her family were granted asylum in Australia.


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Na Aw Hsaw Ha – Eh Eh’s Story

Author: Eh Eh Tin with Keiron Galloway
Date of publication: November 2015
Pages: 12


When Eh Eh was fifteen years old, he and his father escaped the military in Burma to live in a Thai refugee camp. Eh Eh went to great lengths to further his studies whilst in Thailand, risking his safety and freedom.


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Koo-Sheh – Isaiah’s Story

Author: Isaiah Lahai with Keiron Galloway
Date of publication: November 2015
Pages: 12


After war broke out in his country, Isaiah and his family spent fourteen years in five different refugee camps before being allowed to migrate to Australia.


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As Salam Alaykom – Faisal’s Story

Author: Faisal Alzhrani with Keiron Galloway
Date of publication: November 2015
Pages: 12


Faisal first came to Australia to study, but was unable to return to his homeland after making the decision to renounce Islam.


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