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Indigenous Australians may soon lose ancestral land - Al Jazeera English

11.9.15

Indigenous Australians may soon lose ancestral land - Al Jazeera English: Oombulgurri, in the state’s north, was gradually closed after a coronial inquiry found high rates of domestic violence, child sexual abuse and alcoholism. First the shop went, then the health centre, which forced the sick and elderly to move away, and then the school. The last remaining residents were evicted in 2011.

Most of the buildings were bulldozed in November 2014. The site remains home to several sacred, ancient, Aboriginal sites.

Since its closure, most of the children who lived there have not returned to school, and youth suicides - cited by the government as a reason to close the town - have increased.

A 2011 Amnesty report found that the mortality rate for Aboriginal people living in urban areas was far higher than those living on ancestral lands. Some of Oombulgurri's former residents are now homeless.


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