Source: Melissa Powell Photography
A photographic exhibition exploring the struggles and achievements of the Karen community in Nhill.
Nhill is a small agricultural town in the semi-arid Wimmera region of central Victoria. It is a long way from the tropical Thai-Burma border where more than 140,000 refugees, many of them minority Karen people, live in UNHCR administered camps. Over the last four years a community of Karen refugees have settled in the township of Nhill, finding a welcoming home and new friends.
There are now around 120 Karen people living in Nhill. In recognition of the change in the community, local council staff interviewed Karen community members and the Wimmera Development Association engaged photographer Melissa Powel to document the new lives of Karen refugees and the relationships that have been formed with the established residents.
Produced and presented in partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Wimmera Development Association, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Melissa Powell Photography and Immigration Museum.