click to enlarge section 1 of Bandit Queen by Ceceila Chapman

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Meanwhile, in Aliyyah’s life, another drama was building.  She was down at the Matagarup Nyungar refugee camp, an urban settlement that redefined the notion of refugees.  A group of Nyungar, the first nation of West Australia’s south-west, had welcomed the urban homeless onto their traditional lands.  Aliyyah was there, blogging her experience on social media, when the Perth Police and Rangers descended on the camp, taking most of the campers possessions.  They took all the tents.  They took bedding, clothes, even children’s toys.

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