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 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…..
Thank you to all those who came out to walk for justice for refugees in Perth on April 9 2017. Here are some of the awesome people, banners and signs we saw today.
Why not think about volunteering or donating to ensure vital services are provided to people seeking asylum and refugees in Perth?
|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 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 email@example.com to show your interest!|
|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.
- 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/
- 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/
Want your photo featured here?
Download the I’m attending because… poster, take a photo with your reason and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org !
#OutOfLimbo #Justice4Refugees #EvacuateNow
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 email@example.com and we’ll send you a full promo kit so you can really go to town!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
Sunday 25th March
St Georges Cathedral
38 St Georges Terrace Perth
Speakers and performers to be announced
|Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission
|Art of Humanity|
|Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce|
|Australian Red Cross|
|Bikes for Refugees|
|Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum|
|Catholic Education WA|
|Christian Life Community|
|City of Fremantle|
|Council of Margaret River (Refugee Welcome Zone)|
|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|
|Propel Youth Arts|
|Quakers (Religious society of Friends in WA Regional Meeting)|
|Refugee Rights Action Network|
|Riverview Community Services|
|St Vincent de Paul Refugee & Migrant Support Program|
|Students For Refugees|
|Teachers for Refugees|
|The Greens WA|
|The Humanitarian Group|
|Unionists For Refugees|
|Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Western Australia|
|Welcome to Australia|
Email email@example.com to add your organisation to the list!