'Conversations with the Archbishop' to tackle crime and African youth question

Featuring lawyer and social activist Nyadol Nyuon and community leader Chaplain Soma, also an Anglican priest

March 13 2018“Youths of African appearance” crop up in Melbourne news media more often the African community would like, and it seems likely that crime will be an election issue both in Victoria later this year and in the Federal election.

The South Sudanese community acknowledges that there is a significant problem with some African youth, and is working hard to reduce anti-social behaviour, but is concerned that this activity receives far less coverage. They also fear that the entire community is being stigmatised and marginalised because of the actions of a tiny minority. Is racism a factor?

How serious an issue is youth crime? What are the Sudanese doing themselves? How can the wider community help? In his first Federation Square conversation of the year tomorrow morning, Wednesday March 14, Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier discusses these issues and more with two South Sudanese leaders: young lawyer and social activist Nyadol Nyuon and and community leader Chaplain Soma, who is an Anglican priest.

The conversation will be moderated by former ABC host John Cleary

Media representatives are welcome to attend the public conversation, although we request that any who wish to do so register their interest with the diocese’s communications adviser, Barney Zwartz, at, or phone 0422 373 891.

Where: Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

When: 7.30am (morning, please note)