Little Town, Big Hearts
The Australian Women's Weekly|October 2019
A Queensland community promises unwavering support for the family of Tamil asylum seekers.
Sue Smethurst

AROUND BILOELA, everyone has a story about Priya and Nades. “If someone did something kind for them, Priya thanked them with gifts of food. She randomly took beautiful curries up to the local hospital,” says friend Angela Fredericks.

In 2012, the tiny Queensland town welcomed the Tamil asylum seekers with open arms. They’d fled Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war by boat and gratefully threw themselves into the community, especially after the birth of daughters Kopika, four, and Tharunicaa, two.

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