Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining in Australia needs support
The Walkatjurra Walkabout have survived the first 10 days of the protest walk in freezing overnight temperatures and long hot walking days.
Walking strong a group of 55 people gathered at Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley, Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in their 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up on, and their ancestors grew up. The group was joined by Youno Downs Station, who shared stories of the history of uranium exploration and company intimidation over the years they have lived on the pastoralist station. "Water is what the company is after, they (Cameco) need up to 10 millions of liters of water and they want us to give it to them!"
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Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdullah are sharing stories of the area where they and their families grew up, and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants use for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.
That’s why together, we want to protect this land for future generations, and prevent destructive projects like uranium mining. Will you join with us, and chip in to our crowdfund?
The desert at first is so silent that you can hear the white noise in your ears, and after the pace of the city the desert feels slow and empty. But when you slow down and walk you start to see. The colors in the rocks, the way the acacia leaves fall and twist in patterns on the ground, the red white and green of a eucalyptus tree.
The stars stretch beyond the horizon, and the Milky Way is so long that you can’t see it all in one blink, and the whites are so stark they look like clouds. It takes a moment longer to find the Southern Cross amongst the bright jumble of stars.
But if uranium companies have their way, we would lose this untarnished beauty forever. That’s why I’m walking for country, to raise awareness and funds to protect this precious place.
Our Walkatjurra Walkabout continues for another three weeks, and we would be so grateful if you could continue to support us from where you are.