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September 6, 2005 - 10:49AM
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Hugs and tears of joy greeted two Australian women who returned home after five terrifying days at the New Orleans Convention Centre.

A large family gathering was waiting for Karen Marks, 25, of the Melbourne suburb of Meadow Heights, and her aunt Pamela Whyte, 59, of Broadmeadows, when they touched down at Melbourne Airport just before 8am (AEST) on Tuesday.

The pair, who were rescued from the Convention Centre by the Australian media on Sunday and spent two nights in Houston, Texas, said they were very happy and relieved to be home and reunited with their family.

"We never thought we were going to see them (again)," Mrs Whyte said.

The women said they feared for their lives as those stranded in the centre became increasingly frustrated.

"The people were really on edge," Mrs Whyte said.

"They could not take much more."

Mrs Whyte said she and her niece used chairs to barricade themselves into a space with another family, sitting in the pitch black as racial tensions and fears that the flood waters would return ran high.

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"We were calling it prison because we could not go further than six foot out the big doors," she said.

"We just had our own little section. We stayed close.

"We couldn't make friends easily because they just looked at you - we were called white trash twice."

The Australian women said they were angry that they had received no help from Australian or United States government officials while in the centre.

"We were left there for three to four days on our own, fending for ourselves.

"The cops were nowhere to be seen, or the National Guard," Ms Marks said.

Mrs Whyte said the National Guard were only sent in for the eventual evacuation.

"If we had one, just one person of authority say, 'OK ladies, it will be four days, just be patient,' everything would have been perfect.

"But nobody said a bloody word."

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look what the media can do....EVAC! and bring them back to their country....

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