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S.Sudanese born community leader receives Australian national award


August 8, 2013 (CANBERRA) – South Sudanese-born Australian Paul Mabior Garang has received national recognition for his dedicated work with Australia’s South Sudanese community.

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Paul Mabior Garang receiving his award at Parliament House in the Australian capital Canberra on 27 July

Garang received the Community Leader of the Year award at a gala dinner at Parliament House in the Australian capital Canberra on 27 July.

Garang was recognised as part of the annual Celebration of African Australians National Awards, which aims to showcase the contributions that African-Australian communities bring to Australian life.

He was among 100 African-Australians to receive awards at the event.

Garang’s work in Australia’s South Sudanese community was also recognised in 2011, when he became the first African-Australian winner of the Queensland state minister’s Multicultural Encouragement Award.

Garang was among the 20,000 ‘lost boys’ of Sudan, who were forced to flee their homes when Sudanese government troops attacked southern villages in 1983.

His story of hardship was among 10 included in ‘Walking to Freedom’ - the first book of South Sudanese refugee stories which was later read out in the Queensland state parliament.

Garang currently works for the Queensland African Communities Council and is actively involved in youth programs supporting African-Australians.

Garang returned to South Sudan last Christmas, where he served in the South Sudanese army (SPLA) from 1989 to 1991 as part of the logistical stores department in the headquarters of the late South Sudanese leader John Garang.

The department was responsible for maintaining SPLA supplies later destined for military training centres and conflict zones such as Bonga, Bilpam, Dima, Boma, Reet and Panyidu.

Garang is now based in the south-east Queensland city of Toowoomba, where he is combining his community work with South Sudanese youth while studying for his Master’s degree.

Australia’s minister for multicultural affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, said the awards recognised the artistic, sporting, economic, political and community contributions African Australians make to the growth and prosperity of Australian society.

“Occasions such as this provide an opportunity for the wider community to understand and celebrate first-hand the contributions and achievements of African Australians”, Lundy said.

The event was attended by prime minister Kevin Rudd and other high level dignitaries, as well as business leaders, international ambassadors and representatives from service organisations.

According to the 2011 census, 337,881 African-born people live in Australia; an increase of about 20 per cent from the 2006 figure.


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  • 9 August 2013 06:42, by Arakataa

    thanks to Australia government for his reconganision .

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    • 9 August 2013 06:44, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Thank to the Dinka everywhere, they are known for good work, I also heard that most Dinka boys in Australia are studying very hard to finish their education there too, thank to them , monyjeng is known for firm stand and values of their belief, thank to dinkas, you make us proud of your domination of success in every good deed,

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      • 9 August 2013 08:27, by Grader

        Hey Mr,
        Are you the Dinka paramount chief?
        If yes, you a liar. Dinka do not have central leader
        The fact that you said "monyjeng" gives you away.
        You’re just playing tribal cards.
        I doubt you’re even a nilote leave alone Dinka

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    • 9 August 2013 11:05, by Mayom County Boy

      thank to dinka communities because their son get award certificate from Australia
      .we must get full information from dika people after their celebration

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  • 9 August 2013 06:43, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Thank to the drink as everywhere, they are known for good work, I also heard that most Dinka boys in Australia are studying very hard to finish their education there too, thank to the , monyjeng is known for firm stand and values of their belief, thank to dinkas, you make us proud of your domination of success in every good deed,

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    • 9 August 2013 07:09, by Nyesi Ta

      Millions of congratulations to you Mabior Garang, as South Sudanese, we are proud of you and any South Sudanese making a difference out there. Your success is good for you, your family, and above all for your country because you are a servant of all South Sudanese irrespective of their tribes. Thank you for rising above tribal inclination. You are a leader and true son of South Sudan.

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      • 9 August 2013 08:52, by Peacocktail

        We are proud of you Paul Garang for reflecting South Sudanese Integrity, we are peaceful and Loving community Worldwide but insane groups of people mistakenly mislead the rest wrongly.Great thanks to Australian Government for recognizing South Sudan effort and contribution in making Australia a matter place.Let them know that South Sudanese Love Peace.

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    • 9 August 2013 18:31, by Hardlinner

      Attention tribalist, the award was given to man who happened to be dinka not drinkas in general. You guys should have congratulated the fellow southern for his achievement and not creating a baseless argument about his tribal affiliation. These board is becoming a jungle db day by day, and it is driving away intellectual minded people gradually.

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  • 9 August 2013 09:39, by Marco Bul

    Congrats for shining in an int’l arena.He might b either from Duken or Twic East.They know how to share unselfishly.

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  • 10 August 2013 00:36, by Gatluak

    @ Dinka Dominated SPLM/A, the thing is, we Nuer are very typical human being. We don’t talk louder as I guys does. Shameful thing that a human being can not do Dinka does. I remember in 2010 I was in Uganda in village call Masnde, in happen one of Ugandan called me u Dinka., becuz I was a Nuer man I couldn’t cruel. I assumed that he doesn’t know our different but I tried to tell him the different,

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  • 10 August 2013 00:50, by Gatluak

    He was like all the nice guys from Juba are from Dinka tribe. Who is nice in our Juba? He said the very man & educated is Dr. Riek the VP is a Dinka. I tried to correct th fooled Ugandan man but he couldn’t even understand me. As am writing with IPad, I have Nuer language in and all Ipone 4 & 5 has Nuer language.Why are we talking what did and u guys are here appreciating the ur selves 4 nothing?

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