I was born in East Africa
When I was five years old I held my mother’s hand
while we ran from bullets being shot in the civil war
I grew up in a refugee camp.
This is where I got married
and had two beautiful children
My children were only 1 and 3 years old
when I was forced to leave them in the refugee camp.
After I left my children I made my way to Indonesia.
It was there, before I got on the boat that I found out I was pregnant
I gave birth to my son while I was in detention.
The security guards were on watch in the hospital
as I welcomed my child into this world.
My son was five years old when we were granted protection
This visa protects us for the next five years.
I am grateful for this protection
but I long to be with my children
On this visa I am not allowed to apply
for my children to live in Australia
I’ve been told that maybe after ten years I can sponsor my family
I cannot be separated from my children for this long
I am thinking I have no choice
I am grateful to be safe
But I think I have to give up my visa for my children
I think I have to leave Australia
And not come back…..