Halimeh* fled Iran after several of her friends were executed by the government for belonging to a minority group. She mustered the courage to flee, aiming for Australia – a country where she hoped to find peace and freedom from persecution. Instead, after a grueling journey through Malaysia and Indonesia, and a dangerous ocean crossing on a smuggler’s boat, she was forcibly transferred to Nauru – a tiny, remote island state where Australia has been banishing asylum seekers. Now she is stuck, indefinitely detained, with no end in sight. She wants nothing more than to be in control of her life and to build a new future.
This is the reality for people languishing in Australian offshore detention centres. They have suffered huge personal losses already, which caused them to flee their home countries. They deserve the very same things we all deserve – an education, a safe place to live and the chance to work – so they can build back their lives.
So we’re building hope. We’re sharing responsibility for keeping the world the kind of place we all want to live in. We’re welcoming people for whom going home is not an option. We’re keeping up the pressure until the Australian Government can no longer maintain this system of abuse.
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