I am WYD036

I fled genocide in Burma

with my wife and children

We were separated in Indonesia

There wasn’t enough room in the van taking us to the boat heading for Australia

All the time I think about what happened

When I close my eyes

I can see that van leaving


A week after my family arrived in Australia

the Rudd government announced

the July 19 policy

This meant that people who arrived in Australia by boat

would be sent to Manus Island or Nauru

and never resettle in Australia.


When I arrived in Australia I was sent by force to Manus Island

My family are now living on bridging visas in Sydney

but I’ve been detained on Manus Island for almost 5 years


When I talk to my youngest son on skype

He asks me,

“When are you coming?”

“When are you coming?”

I can’t say anything in response

I do not know if or when we’ll be together again.

I am DHW342

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…..

You walked for Justice for Refugees on Palm Sunday – what’s next?

Why not think about volunteering or donating to ensure vital services are provided to people seeking asylum and refugees in Perth?

CARAD_color_cmyk CARAD is a respected voice for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees and a provider of essential services, ensuring that all people seeking safety in Australia are able to live with dignity:  www.carad.org.au/become-a-volunteer/
RRAN logo RRAN WA is an activist group hosting regular campaigns and actions to end mandatory detention and offshore processing, as well as organising visits to people in detention in WA – contact info@rran.org to show your interest!
 Hub logo THE ASYLUM SEEKER HUB is a service provided by the leading agencies in Perth working with people seeking asylum, operating every Thursday from 9pm till 12pm at Riverview Church: 1 Thorogood Street Burswood: www.facebook.com/asylumseekerhub

Thousands of people seeking protection while living in the Australian community are at risk of destitution and homelessness due to the latest government move to completely cut income support for people who need it the most.

You can:

  1. add your name to the statement in response to the government’s planned cuts to the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) program: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/takeaction/forced-destitution/ 
  2. Write to the Prime Minister – here’s some handy hints: http://asrccampaigns.nationbuilder.com/handwritten_invite_to_pm 


You could also write to your local MP and express your concern about our treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum

Stay connected to find out about more opportunities to get involved: www.facebook.com/Justice4RefugeesWA/


Palm Sunday 2018 – resources for promotion!

Have you been thinking “I really want to promote Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 2018, but I just don’t know how”?

Fear not, we’ve prepared a promo pack just for you! Feel free to download and share the attached images on your social medias – and if you want to get really into it, email kate.leaney@wa.uca.org.au and we’ll send you a full promo kit so you can really go to town!

#OutOfLimbo #JusticeForRefugees

Download the Palm Sunday 2018 poster final here

Here’s an image you can download and print, then take photos of people in your community sharing why they’ll be part of Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
– Post your photos and selfies here, or email them to kate.leaney@wa.uca.org.au!

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 2018


On Sunday 25th March, Perth will gather to demonstrate a broad and united movement of people and organisations who call for justice and dignity for refugees and for people seeking asylum.

We stand for justice, freedom and safety for refugees and people seeking asylum. We will not rest until freedom comes.

Join us:
Sunday 25th March
St Georges Cathedral
38 St Georges Terrace Perth


Speakers and performers to be announced

Endorsed by:

Amnesty Australia
Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission
Anglicare WA
Art of Humanity
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
Australian Red Cross
Bikes for Refugees
Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
Catholic Education WA
Catholic Mission
Christian Life Community
City of Fremantle
Common Grace
Council of Margaret River (Refugee Welcome Zone)
Crossing Borders
Curtin Centre for Human Rights
Doctors For Refugees
Ethnic Communities Council of WA
Fremantle Refugee Rights Action Network
Hills Network For Refugees
Independent Education Union of Australia WA Branch
Jesuit Social Services
Jewish Spirituality Australia
Jews For Refugees
Justice, Ecology and Development Office; Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
Labor For Refugees
Love Makes A Way
Mums For Refugees
Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
Presentation Sisters
Propel Youth Arts
Quakers (Religious society of Friends in WA Regional Meeting)
Refugee Rights Action Network
Riverview Community Services
Salvation Army
Socialist Alliance
Socialist Alternative
St Vincent de Paul Refugee & Migrant Support Program
Students For Refugees
Teachers for Refugees
Tear WA
The Greens WA
The Humanitarian Group
Unionists For Refugees
Unions WA
Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Western Australia
Welcome to Australia

Email kate.leaney@wa.uca.org.au to add your organisation to the list!