Grace’s Story

When Grace arrived in Australia she was pregnant with her fourth child. The baby was born in Sydney and is now growing up half a world away from her father and three siblings, who are still living under the threat of political persecution in Zimbabwe.

“Even if they suspect that you are an opposition supporter or if you think anything bad about the government you will be targeted, as well as your family,” Grace says.

Fearing for her life, Grace had made the unbearable decision to leave behind her young children and husband and flee to Australia alone. Here she found refuge and shelter with JRS, and was comforted by the arrival of her baby. Living effectively as a single mother, Grace was grateful for the female companionship at the shelter, as well as the support of the JRS volunteers. She and her daughter have now been granted permanent residence, and her deepest hope is to be reunited with her husband and other children.

“I would love to [bring them to Australia], but sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan.”

Grace is now studying, and reflects often on the solace she has found in Australia.

“If people aren’t happy with their political leader they can say it out in the open and nothing happens to them. They also take into consideration other people’s concerns and feelings. I’ve realised that Australia is a very peaceful country.”

JRS supports Grace, and many others like her. With your help, we can continue to make a difference in their lives.

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