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A Blog about Asylum Seekers and their right to come to Australia

policymic:

"It’s like the appearance of ghosts" - Harrowing photos paint picture of life in Syrian refugee camp

Chemical weapons, live rounds, grenades and bombs have killed between 89,000-140,000 people in Syria since its relatively peaceful uprising in 2011 turned into a full-blown civil war. 

But civilian casualties continue to rise, even in informal refugee camps as food supplies have been cut off. While four main rebel groups war with government forces, pro-Assad militias and each other for control over war-torn Syria, thousands of civilians seeking safety in informal refugee camps face starvation. 

The largest of Syria’s nine refugee enclaves is located in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, where nearly 20,000 Palestinians remain. They are dying of starvation, as government forces have cut off food and fuel access to the area in order to weaken rebel groups that have surrounded the area. 

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I come from refugees on both sides of my family. My father worked for the UN and his father was the UN Ambassador and then on my mother’s side, my grandmother was in the Holocaust. Seeing so many people look like me, I could have easily been one of them. The biggest surprise to me was that I was expecting to see these people that were completely broken—people that had lost everything and were hopeless.  But instead I saw these people that were resilient. I kind of want to put my eyes into other people and have them see what I’ve seen. I remember meeting this nurse back in Syria, if there’s people that are in their intensive caravans that can’t get to one of the six medical centers, he goes from tent to tent helping them and pulling out shrapnel in the children.(x)

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Tony Abbott and Free Speech

popthirdworld:

The Abbott Government is restricting the speech of the following:

- Academics: Academics can now have funding cut if Abbott Govt deems their work “ridiculous.” Normally, there is independence between politicians deeming which academic work is worthy of funding and which is not. What if an…

Cambodia: where 1/3 of the population lives on $1 a day, 40% of children under 5 are malnourished & 20% of children aged 5 to 9 years of age are forced into child labour.
They are meant to take Australia’s refugees? Disgusting exploitation by the Abbott Government.

—Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (via someinspiredtitle)

(via molhouse)

tenderisthenerd:

Australia rightly goes to court to uphold international laws protecting whales, all the while ignoring the obligations it has to protect the people seeking asylum from persecution that it is systematically abusing.

tenderisthenerd:

Australia rightly goes to court to uphold international laws protecting whales, all the while ignoring the obligations it has to protect the people seeking asylum from persecution that it is systematically abusing.

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theagevsheraldsun:

Today the papers are covering the government’s official statement regarding the events at Manus Island…

theagevsheraldsun:

Today the papers are covering the government’s official statement regarding the events at Manus Island…

monakareem:

Beirut-born Palestinian artist Abdulrahman Katanani makes art out of Sabra refugee camp misery. With juvenile silhouettes cut in zinco and corrugated tin, he tells the story of children as sharp as barbed wire. 
See more photos here. 

monakareem:

Beirut-born Palestinian artist Abdulrahman Katanani makes art out of Sabra refugee camp misery. With juvenile silhouettes cut in zinco and corrugated tin, he tells the story of children as sharp as barbed wire. 

See more photos here

You don’t save lives by sending refugees back to where they have fled persecution or the horrors of war.

—Christine Milne, Australian Greens Leader, commenting on the Coalition’s Operation Sovereign Borders (via sailsoncourse)