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Australian Documentary ‘The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe’ tells Story of 4 Women Refugees who fled Conflict, Rape and Brutality in Africa

Their stage production has played to sold-out shows in Australia and other countries and was filmed for the documentary

Scene from "The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe", a new documentary featuring four refugee women.

Sydney, October 7, 2016: A documentary released Thursday tells the story of four women who fled conflict, rape and brutality in Africa. “The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe” is based on an Australian theater production of the same name and features refugee women -including a former child soldier in Eritrea and another who trekked across the Sahara to escape war – who play themselves on stage.

It is a story of survival and triumph. The group is named after a Sydney suburb where recent refugee arrivals are often settled.

Their stage production has played to sold out shows in Australia and other countries and was filmed for the documentary.

The four women say their goal is to encourage other refugees to speak out about the trauma they may have suffered and begin the healing process.

“Well, I was a child soldier. I was kidnapped when I was five by the army. I grew up there until I was 16. I was in a front-line war. We were heavily targeted, and most of – some died and some escaped,” explains Yordanos Haile-Michael, a refugee from Eritrea, who says it is important that her story receives a wide audience. ” I knew this would be my time for me to escape. I went across to, I went to Kapia, and I was jailed for three years as a prisoner of war and then I escaped from there to Sudan, to the border.”

Scene from "The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe", a new documentary featuring four refugee women. -VOA
Scene from “The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe”, a new documentary featuring four refugee women. -VOA

The documentary’s producers say the film will also be shown at the Mumbai Film Festival in India.

Australia grants visas to just under 14,000 refugees each year. That figure will soon increase to 19,000.

In recent years most refugees arriving in Australia have come from Iraq and Syria, with others from across Africa, including Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. In previous years Australia has resettled families fleeing conflict in Sudan and Liberia. (VOA)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?