Draft Sentence Samples

Following are just some rough ideas to explain the intention of this project. The ‘snapshot’ that you construct yourself will be the most meaningful so please use these examples or ignore them. Whatever helps you best to Email Empathy.

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“He knows we have no home. He feels it. He cries for his mother but now I am all he has. I live now to protect my precious boy. My Scott.”

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“All I wanted was to save my family from danger. I’ve always worked hard, been one of the workers – never William, always Bill. Now I – a man who has fought for the rights of others to be in safe and fair conditions – am inside barbed wire. Punished. Simply for doing the only thing I could to find a place where my family could be safe.

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“I see it now. Through the dark. My father lifted me up from the hold and now he raises me towards the stars. ‘Ahead, Marise,’ he says, ‘That is Australia. That is freedom. That is the place away from danger. That is the place where welcome is.’ I felt the hot tears on my dirty face. The tears I had saved since my mother’s hand went cold on my cheek. And now I am crying with every feeling. But mostly because I see the end of the darkness.”

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“I looked at my father’s face today. He was sitting on the ground outside the tent. I used to see pride, hope. But now his eyes have only shame. He was Peter. But now he is no one. They have taken our land, our home, our work. They have taken our lives. They let us keep breathing but we are dead inside.”

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“It smells of death. Death that only comes after unanswered screams. Where we sleep and where we eat are places where they would never spend a minute – the ones who put us here. I was like them once – not cruel but a professional person. Educated and educating. They said my name – ‘Ms Wong’ – with respect. But the university is long gone. The offices and museums are rubble. And I would be dust too had I stayed. I want to work, to teach, to help. But I can only fester here. Every day is decay. And one day I will become that stench that I abhor.”

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“They say my mother died. Six months ago. I never knew. She cried for me when I left. I promised her that I, her Mathias, would find a place that valued freedom. And I have failed her. Sometimes it seems as if death would be better than this eternal prison. 

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“Once we had a life, work, food. Now we have nothing. I was born to believe in the goodness of mankind, the hope from the spirit inside us. Now my family will die because of what I, Christian, think, because I speak out against the pointless violence. All we want is the opportunity to work hard in a place where we are safe to live by the values entrusted in us by our families. A simple home. Away from fear.”

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Once you’ve composed your snapshot, go to our SEND page for guidelines on how to introduce and conclude your Empathy Email.

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