29 Nov 2016

Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa

Strange but true...
South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa.
To avoid crime in Melbourne?

By Madeleine Morris
Yes South Sudanese parents in Australia are sending their children to boarding schools in Africa to escape rising youth crime rates.

South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime
Concerned by rise in arrests of young people for carjackings, home invasions in Melbourne
Say there is too much freedom for children in Australia

Desperate parents say it is safer for their children to go to school in Kenya or Uganda than live in some Melbourne suburbs.

"It is very extreme, but there are many cases where that has really worked to the best of young people," said Kot Monoah, chair of the South Sudanese Community in Victoria.

The community has been rocked by a recent rise in arrests of its young people for carjacking and home invasions, and the emergence of the Apex gang, which is made up largely of South Sudanese youth.

Akec Mading sent her daughter and son to boarding school in Kampala after witnessing relatives' children get in trouble with the law and develop drug problems.

"I'm worried about the situation [for] kids here in Australia," she said.

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