‘I was lost’: Kyiose faced homelessness after arriving in Australia from Myanmar – and he’s not alone

Kyiose Han, who is originally from Myanmar, was kicked out of home in Australia when he was 17.

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Sat 26 Mar 2022 06.00 AEDTLast modified on Thu 31 Mar 2022 12.27 AEDT

Kyiose Han did not know where to go when his brother kicked him out of home two years ago. Aged 17 at the time, Han, an orphan, had only recently arrived in Australia from Myanmar.

He had no job, no money and knew very little English.

“I was lost, I didn’t know where to go,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do, I just felt terrible, it was a real struggle.”

He reached out to a case worker at an intensive English centre who scrambled to find him crisis accomodation.

“I was very scared, what if I couldn’t find anything? I was newly arrived, I didn’t have any other relatives here, I didn’t know anyone, I was only 17.

“And at the time, I didn’t feel supported at all, I wasn’t receiving Centrelink or anything. If there was no crisis accomodation, I would’ve been on the street.”