A Plea for Compassion

The refugees on Manus have written a letter to some of the leaders of the free world (I have corrected a few spelling mistakes): To the Honourable: President Donald Trump, Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau and also humanitarian people of those countries We, refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island detention, are writing to you to explain our terrible condition and also our request. The condition in here…

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Forgotten children: I was shocked by what I saw

The current Australian government policy in relation to immigration and asylum-seekers is INDEFENSIBLE. On no rational grounds can it be justified to incarcerate people indefinitely, let alone those who have not only not committed any crime but who are often fleeing persecution, hostility or appalling conditions and simply seeking an opportunity for a better life. It is not defensible to treat adults in this way. To treat children in this…

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Why did the world ignore Boko Haram’s Baga attacks?

It is difficult to reconcile the variance in levels of response, grief and outrage at loss of life in the world, with the causes and extent of that loss. There certainly seems to be no sense of correspondence between the nature of the reasons for death and the numbers killed with the level, length and intensity of the responses to it. The $$$billions of dollars massive military response by the…

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