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Friday, February 18, 2011

Multiculturalism in Australia




Mohamad Assoum is devout Muslim and second-generation Lebanese-Australian. He's in his final year of a science degree at Sydney University and plans on becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But he admits he's not typical of the young men in his community.


He's from Auburn in Sydney's west, the heartland of migrant Australia where education standards are poor and unemployment is high. Three years ago, Mohamad's brother Mustafa, a youth worker, was murdered in a drive-by shooting late at night, not an uncommon occurrence in Sydney these days, it's getting more like old Chicago every day.