Finally, dying refugee moved to Australia for palliative care

“A dying Afghan refugee held on Nauru for five years has been transferred to Australia for palliative care after a sustained campaign of pressure from doctors, medical peak bodies, the media, members of the public, and even members of the Australian Border Force” the Guardian has reported exclusively today.

Having posted about this situation (“More Australian government cruelty puts more people in impossible circumstances“), it’s rare to be able to follow up with news of the required result. But tragically, the ultimate outcome will be yet another death of an innocent person who was held indefinitely offshore.

It’s difficult to know what brought about the change from the Department of Home Affairs but public pressure is all that many of us can offer … so we should continue to do that wherever possible. Here are two more instances where your voice might make a difference:

  1. You can SIGN THE PETITION to support Bernadette Romulo, an aged care worker originally from the Philippines who has been told to leave the country within three weeks after more than 10 years living, working and raising her children in Australia. Under the current government, the rights of a child to be with their parents is no longer the primary consideration so her 8-year old Australian son Giro will be left without the parent who has raised him on her own.
  2. You can support Priya, Nades and their Australian-born children, Kopika and Tharunicaa who were taken from their home in Biloela and are likely to returned to possible persecution in Sri Lanka after losing their plea against deportation only a few days ago. If you haven’t already, you can sign the petition to support them here. If you have signed, hopefully you’ve also responded to the request to flood the Facebook post of Minister Peter Dutton’s World Refugee Day speech (that ironically paid tribute to rural and regional communities who welcome refugees) with positive comments in support of Priya and Nades.

When Australians stand up in their numbers for what’s right, their government representatives must listen. And one day, like today, they might act.

2 Replies to “Finally, dying refugee moved to Australia for palliative care”

  1. People power can move mountains, I hope he will be comfortable here during his last days, and not become a political football

    1. The awful thing is that the way he’s been treated is the way all people seeking asylum are treated. Worse than any criminal who’s convicted of the most heinous crime. And there are a lot of the population that support that because they’ve been told that people who come here in true desperation are illegal, are going to take away jobs and tarnish our culture in some way. And the people telling those lies are the government authorities who know that none of those things are true. So how can be expect people to believe differently. Let’s hope you’re right, Pat, and that People Power WILL move mountains. Because there are quite a few to move! Thanks for caring about people who need all the understanding they can get. Together hopefully, we can restore humanity.

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