When Ernest Bukasa met Teklemariam Mengistu in 2013 “something clicked”. Both had fled war-torn African countries and arrived in Australia as refugees before settling in Wollongong.
Since then, Ernest, 27, and Tek, 23, have formed a strong bond, with Ernest acting as mentor and guide, encouraging Tek to pursue studies at the University of Wollongong, just like himself. Ernest is now in his final year of a Bachelor of Business (minoring in Law) while Tek is completing his third year of a Bachelor of Commerce.
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