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Kokoda challenge for Indigenous youth

Date posted: 24 January 2012

A group of young Indigenous people from East Gippsland in Victoria are preparing to walk the Kokoda trail later this year.

This year marks 70 years since one of Australia's bloodiest wartime battles. In July 1942, Australian troops and the Japanese army first came into conflict in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It was the beginning of a long and dangerous battle along the Kokoda track in the Owen Stanley Ranges.

In recent years, the Kokoda track has become a popular pilgrimage for Australians wanting a physical challenge and an appreciation of the experience of servicemen during World War Two.

It's an incredibly tough challenge, as a group of young Indigenous people from East Gippsland are about to discover.

Twelve Indigenous people from Gippsland will be off to PNG later this year to walk the trail.

Daphne Yarram, a member of the steering committee that is coordinating the project, says it will be an opportunity for the young people to have a very different experience.

'Hopefully they will be reflective and think about the wonderful opportunities that they have as a result of those (wartime) legacies. But more importantly about letting them know that they have the potential to do anything with their life.'

Source: ABC Gippsland


Last updated: 18 April 2012
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