THIS year's Refugee Camp In My Neighbourhood (RCIMN) experience will end with a special portrait exhibition showcasing seven tales of the joys and challenges of creating a new life in Australia.
Commissioned by Cumberland Council, the 'One Good Thing' exhibition features photographs by Nikki To and stories by Sophie McComas.
Pictured with photographs of her children as her 'good thing', Nihada Alemic recalls living in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica when 50 members of her own family were killed during the 1995 genocide.
"Mum lost five immediate family members, we lost our house, we lost everything," she said.
The South Granville resident says she remembers going to school even when there were bombings.
"It was a very torturing feeling waking up every morning and thinking, 'Oh I have to go to school, I might get killed'," she said.
"I look at my children every day and I say how privileged they are to have everything today.
"I don't want to rub it in their faces but I say to them, 'you have everything, you have to appreciate everything in life and you have to take every opportunity to succeed'."
Staged at the Auburn Centre for Community, the fifth annual RCIMN is an interactive simulated 'refugee journey' allowing participants a glimpse into what is is like to have to flee your home, cross borders, live in a refugee camp, experience a boat journey and ultimately resettle in Australia.
RCIMN tours run from July 30 to August 10, and bookings are open now at refugeecampauburn.com.au.