Contributor corner: Georgina Kenyon

Georgina_KenyonGeorgina has worked as a journalist for the Guardian and the BBC and also as a writer for the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the World Health Organisation. She recently moved from London to work on a beach with a very friendly crocodile called Eric in Far North Queensland in Australia.

What's your feature about?

The feature is about Indigenous people's views about health, family and also, ongoing racism in Australia. It explores how injustices from the past and present impact on Aboriginal people now.   

What did you learn in the process of reporting and writing it that you didn't expect?

That only in the 1970s did Australian law enforce very basic rights for Aboriginals, such as to be paid for working. Many Aborigines were also forced to leave school at a young age because no teacher wanted them in school. The sadness so many Aboriginal people felt at being treated so cruelly in their own country still affects their health. Despite this, the few Aboriginal people I interviewed were happy to talk to me and share their experiences and also show me friendship. I also learned how, even when physical barriers are taken down, such as fences on the old mission stations, it understandably takes a lot of effort for people to develop initiative and independence as adults. 

Read Georgina’s feature in Mosaic, publishing 6 January 2015.