- Aniel Yuor, a South Sudanese refugee, arrived at a refugee camp in Australia when she was 10 years old.
- She played football for Australia in South Africa and defended refugee women in Geneva.
- “I told myself that you have a chance and nothing can stop you,” Yuoru said.
Children in the camp had few opportunities to try new things.
The award, named after the late SBS sports broadcaster and refugee from Hungary, recognizes outstanding former refugees who have raised awareness of the plight of those who have been displaced.
Building community ties through sports
In 2010, Yuol represented Australia at the FIFA Football for Hope Festival as part of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Anyier Yuol excels in football and represented Australia at the 2010 FIFA Football for Hope Festival in South Africa. sauce: attached
But for her, sport had the potential to provide opportunities for others in the community as well. So while still in her teens, she launched an initiative called Football in the Park.
“I find solutions, I find ways. I put it in. Opportunity,” she said.
Advocacy through fashion and beauty
Pageant not only started the conversation about inclusion in the fashion industry, but it also provided representation and empowered young women with leadership skills. She has also advocated through her volunteer work with the National Commission on Refugee Women in Australia.
Anyier Luol created the Ms Sahara beauty pageant to encourage women from Africa to be represented in the fashion industry. sauce: attached
Creating a beauty pageant from scratch might seem like a huge accomplishment, but for Yuol, it was a stepping stone to yet another social impact project.
“When I talk about inclusion, I really wanted to make sure I was living by example because I already had all these skills. , why don’t we expand it? We can have more inclusion for everyone,” she said.
Passion for Advocacy and Representation
She is currently completing her PhD while working for Football United, an organization that reaches youth from diverse communities through sport, and has launched her own non-profit organization, Lead Beyond Education.
Her PhD looks at bride price practices in Australia’s South Sudanese community, which she describes as an interesting meeting where old traditions are being navigated in new surroundings.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/growing-up-in-a-refugee-camp-taught-anyier-to-say-yes-to-every-opportunity/qdsmioabs South Sudanese Refugee Aniel Yuor Wins 2023 Les Murray Refugee Recognition Award