The Australian African Association (AAA) was established in 2019 by Nasa Ige, a Somali-born migrant who fled Civil War in 1991, later settling in New Zealand. Based on his own experience of settling in a new country and facing language barriers, discrimination, trauma, perceived exclusion and a lack of familiarity with school and structured learning, Nasa decided to do something to help others in a similar situation. He understood the challenges faced by young African refugees, many of whom had gone through the trauma of war, violence, forced displacement and family separation. He set up AAA as an umbrella organisation to represent the interests of Africanborn migrants and give them a voice, and sense of shared belonging.
AAA was formed to foster greater inclusivity, social cohesion and assimilation in the community for African Australians. The organisation brings together Australian African groups across the following countries: Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria and South Africa.
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