We examine and unpack our favourite topics – gender and multiculturalism.
In 2011, journalist Julie Szego turned her writer’s pen to the story of a young Somali Australian man, Farah Jama, who was wrongly convicted of raping a 48-year-old woman found semiconscious in a toilet cubicle in July 2006. The woman had no memory of the night, or of seeing any African men at the club. Jama denied having ever been to the club, had an alibi, and there were no witnesses. And yet, he was convicted based on what appeared to be incriminating DNA evidence.
Julie Szego delved into this case, and invites her reader to contemplate complex and confronting questions about race and multiculturalism, gender, and the justice system.
Hear Julie’s reflections on being an Hungarian Australian Jew, the main breadwinner, and the complex terrain of writing her book, The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama about the Somali community and the justice system.