It is a relief to have The Saturday Paper return with some news at last about offshore detention. “Hope in limbo” (January 27–February 2) is written by Imran Mohammad, a Rohingya refugee who has learnt English during detention on Manus Island. He gives a vivid account of the pain he and other detainees suffered when moved into new quarters without welfare workers, education programs or appropriate medical help. Yet, Imran concludes with this astonishing sentence: “It is my hope that 2018 will be the year of healing, peace and safety, and may there be many peaceful and happy years to follow for every citizen on this earth.” How can any Australian leader condone such cruelty to people in our care? And how can they fail to see the contribution people such as Imran Mohammad would make to our country?
– Zeny Giles, New Lambton, NSW