“I will send her to college if possible. I want her to be either a lawyer or a doctor,” says Eman Hossain, proud father of 14-year-old Khotija. Eman and his family live in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, home to some 13,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who have been in exile for more than two decades.
Khotija’s father, having completed only two years of schooling, relies heavily on his youngest daughter to read official documents and help the family make informed decisions; “She can explain documents and data in the food ration card and medical prescriptions.”
14-year old Khotija loves to draw and plant flowers around their shed.
Renowned elder and champion of the Aboriginal people, Elsie Heiss has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.
“I felt like a VIP,” Heiss says, recalling last December’s award ceremony, as she diligently sets up her church for the next mass. “It was the ultimate thing for me, for my work over the years.”