Stop blaming our kids, youth worker tells police

BY Angelo Tat Mapial Manguen

A Sudanese youth worker has called for more government job seeking help for young people and for Sudanese police recruits, to counter discrimination.

Mrs Acai Raik, treasurer of a Sudanese Women’s group and volunteer youth worker in Noble Park, was asked about the main issues facing the Sudanese community.

“One of the issues facing the  Sudanese Community is the  Victorian police should stop blaming our children  for crimes against  Australians society, which they don’t always commit.”

What are the issues that have been raised by police against Sudanese youths?

“The police say that groups of young Sudanese and Somalis abuse people in streets and fight other groups. They drink irresponsibly, and sometimes steal. I think they didn’t investigate properly or even have got solid evidence.”

Have you had to deal with Police?

“Yes, sometimes, I advocate for the families when their children are in trouble with the police.”

What are the particular issues between the Sudanese and police?

“Colour is the main issue. The police discriminate against African youths.”

What needs to be done to solve these issues?

“Having young Africans working in the police force would help. Unemployment is a constant problem, the young people don’t have anything to do, even when they have a qualification, and this is why they hang around in groups, drink and make trouble. Government assistance to help the young people find work is necessary and important.”

What sort of problems do you face while you are working in the community?

“There are lots of challenges for me. One is when we moved to Melton and it was a long way to come back to Dandenong.”


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