Refugees & Their Global Neighbours

Recently displaced people from war torn Syria and Iraq have traveled to foreign lands seeking refuge.

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There’s always a war going somewhere in the world. Recently the refugees from war torn Syria and Iraq have traveled to countries by land and sea using various modes of transport.  Many of them walked across borders to neighbouring countries with their families and in the desperation to leave a war torn land to find safety elsewhere, over 2000 displaced people fleeing for their safety by sea have drowned according to various news reports.

Their Neighbours

Many European countries are seeing an influx of refugees in their cities.  Some countries in Europe have closed their borders to refugees.

Countries like Australia are taking extra measures of precaution with offshore processing of refugees. While many people don’t agree with keeping people in detention centres who have already suffered trauma, some of us believe that the stance taken by the government is in our best interest for safety of Australian citizens.

Most of the refugees come undocumented from overseas without the proper documentation. In a country where it’s important to have our identity documented, we don’t really know who we are letting into our borders thus the belief that off shore processing serves its purpose.

Others protest that Australian methods of processing refugees is inhumane and that its also an unneighbourly act in keeping people and even whole families locked up who have already been through enough and who will eventually suffer with the mental health consequences of their incarceration on top of what they’ve already experienced.

We have to ask ourselves:

  • How well do we know our neighbours?
  • How are we as Australian citizens threatened by them?
  • Do we show them respect?
  • Is there room for improvement on how we process our refugees?
  • Is their more we can do to liberate their homelands?
  • Are we helping them with their mental health issues?
  • Are they having their basic needs and rights met?
  • Are the children safe and are they schooled?
  • Are they being taught to speak English while they are waiting to be processed?

What else can we do to help them? 

  • Try to understand them and their situation. Walk a mile in their shoes – What if you and your family were in their position?
  • Treat them like you would like to be treated. What would you expect?
  • Provide mental health support – They need to process their experiences.

Why?
Humans are of many ethnicities but we are of one race, the human race. We are all connected.  We have to treat others how we want to be treated.  It all comes back to us.

Recently the Daily Mail reported that Traffickers are luring people to Europe through Facebook.

Read – Australia’s response to the Syrian-Iraqi humanitarian Crisis.

By Sandra Ciminelli.

Similar Spanish & English Words With Absolutely Different Meanings

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Growing up in Australia but speaking Spanish in the family home had me living within 2 cultures and not exactly feeling like I was fully 100% Aussie nor Uruguayan.  I felt more like a hybrid.

The two languages were confusing at times, especially when similar sounding Spanish words to English had completely different meanings. I remember attempting to tell my mother that I was embarrassed, but the similar Spanish word I used actually means ‘pregnant!’  As you can imagine this was not received well in the ’70’s.

Here is a list of 12 Spanish words with their English meanings that I had to learn to be mindful of!

Exito
Similar to the English word ‘exit’
Spanish meaning = success
Spanish word for Exit = Salida

Sensible (pronounced ‘sensibleh’)
Similar to the English word ‘sensible’
The Spanish meaning = sensitive
Spanish word for sensible = Sensato

Embarazada
Similar to the English word ‘Embarrassed’
Spanish Meaning = pregnant
Spanish word for embarassed = Avergonzado

Campo
Similar to the English word ‘camp’
Spanish meaning = field
Spanish word for camp = Acampar

Fabrica
Similar to the English word ‘fabric’
Spanish meaning = factory
Spanish word for fabric = Tela

Ropa
similar to the English word ‘rope’
Spanish meaning = clothes
Spanish word for rope = Cuerda

Bigote
Similar to the English word ‘bigot’
Spanish meaning = mustache
Spanish word for bigot = Fanatico

Arena
Similar to the English word ‘arena’
Spanish meaning = sand
Spanish word for arena = Pista

Molesta
Similar to the English word ‘molester’
Spanish meaning = upset
Spanish word for molester = Molestador

Divertido
Similar to the English word ‘diverted’
Spanish meaning = fun
Spanish word for diverted = Desviado

Sin
Similar to the English word ‘sin’
Spanish meaning = without
Spanish word for sin = Pecado

Disgusto
Similar to the English word ‘disgust’
Spanish meaning = annoyance
Spanish word for disgust = Asco

Groseria
Similar to the English word ‘grocery’
Spanish meaning = vulgarity
Spanish word for grocery = comestibles

Compromiso
Similar to the English word ‘compromise’
Spanish meaning = commitment
Spanish word for compromise = comprometer

Carpeta
Similar to the English word ‘carpet’
Spanish meaning = folder
Spanish words for carpet = alfombra

  • Carpeta – suggested by La Rosi.  Thanks!

It’s no wonder that some Spanish speaking people find the English language somewhat difficult to master.

By Sandra Ciminelli 2016