Not every time we get to hear a positive refugee story, that’s why I don’t hold back in sharing whenever I see one. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Meo Debbah Beyan. Meo story, like countless of other great refugee settlement in Australia stories, is a reminder of the success of Australia’s refugee and humanitarian program.
Upon his resettlement in Australia, Meo took full advantage of the great education Australia has to offer. Years later Meo would graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Murdoch University in Western Australia. Meo is also very passionate about serving his community. I recall, back in 2012, Meo and I were the only two candidates who contested for the Leadership of our community’s only national peak body, Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA). Meo (the lawyer) and I (the community development practitioner) went head to head in the leadership debate organized by FOLICA’s Election Commissioner Mr. Mohamed Salia Dukuly. The debate will be remembered as one of the best ever in the history of the Liberian community in Australia. Sorry to my lawyer friends but the CD guy won election lol.
In 2015 Meo was admitted to practice as a BARRISTER and SOLICITOR in any federal court in Australia. Meo could have easily settled for the comfortable live in Australia as compared to his native Liberia but instead, he got married to his long-time sweetheart Pat Beyan who also studied in Australia on the Australia Award Scholarship and chose to go and give back to Liberia now that peace has returned. Last Friday, Meo was admitted as attorney-at-law to the Montserrado County Bar Association Associate. ByJustice Philip A. Z. Banks of the Supreme Court of Liberia. https://www.liberianobserver.com/…/youre-not-coming-into-t…/
What an inspirational refugee success story! The judiciary sector is one of the most challenged in Liberia and no doubts, imbued with Australian values and discipline of fairgo, Meo will make great contributions to this sector whilst reversing Liberia’s brain drain to brain gain. Thanks to Australia.
Please join me let’s congratulate Meo on his splendid achievements. Goodonya mate!
Written by Amb Bobby Whitfield