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Ex-refugee wins top national award

Jolie Kaja with her award

A former refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been awarded a national prize for her contribution to the New South Wales city of Coffs Harbour.Jolie Kaja decided to pursue a career in aged care after she arrived in the coastal regional centre three years ago.Michelle Rimmer reports.

Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she worked as a Red Cross volunteer but was forced to flee her home when war broke out 10 years ago.

 

She sought shelter at a refugee camp in Zambia, where she lived for seven years as a single mother looking after her four daughters.

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