John Sandy fled conflict in his native Sierra Leone in 1999. He and his wife, already separated by the conflict, ended up in different refugee camps with no idea of what had become of each other. Years later while in a refugee camp in Guinea, John heard from a friend that his wife was in Australia and had been looking for him. After a 12-year process he arrived in Australia in 2011 to be reunited with his wife. John’s background in teaching and migrant experience has propelled him to work with young people who carry a similar story. After studying community service at Hunter TAFE he is now a community caseworker in Newcastle. He is currently completing post-graduate studies in social work at the University of Newcastle.