By Marg Spadaro

In 1999 Lora fled Sudan with her family due to conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Since the British had left half a century earlier, their life as Christians had been getting harder as the Arabs took control of religion, education and even food.

They took refuge in Egypt where they spent four long years trying to be accepted to Australia as refugees.

The first thing Lora noticed when she arrived in Australia was how busy everybody always was.

She soon adapted to the way of life here, moving to Shepparton and giving birth to a third child.

Lora had been a teacher in Sudan, but only speaking a small amount of English, she was unable to continue her profession.

She decided to start a driving school, and now teaches woman from Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq how to drive.

Her husband has found work in a diary, and her children attend an accepting school where they eagerly continue their education.

Lora loves her new life in Shepparton, and hopes for peace in Sudan one day.

About the community contributor

Marg Spadaro currently holds the record for the oldest participant of Open in the Goulburn Valley, however with her cheeky behaviour and comments, you'd think she's decades from the octogenarian club.

A member of the Shepparton Camera Club, this is Marg's first foray into the world of multimedia.

She knows Lora from her church, and when the project came about, knew it was the story she wanted to tell.

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