"The last two years have been really hard for all of us. What has been hardest for me though, was my little brother getting really sick at the beginning of the pandemic and having to go and live in Melbourne for a year while he got treatment. Worrying about my brother, being separated from him and my Mum, having to change schools, missing old friends and home. Often I’ve felt like I couldn’t talk about my struggles because what my brother has gone through, seems so much worse."
"Being a part of this project has been a chance to talk about what it was like for me. It has been great to have the support and encouragement of artists like Syrene and Mimi to tell my story and I’ve learned a lot. I feel really proud of this video and hope you enjoy it."
Scoot by Kazadi Kadima is presented as a part of Duniya Behter.
Duniya Behter is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.
Young African Australian
Kazadi aka Zadi is a young African Australian living in Shepparton since 2018. He loves running, drawing, rap music, coding, hanging out with his friends, and most of all, riding his scooter and learning new tricks. His biggest inspiration is Isiah Samms, a black British scooter rider. The change he hopes to see in the world is people getting along and accepting each other for who they are.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.