Im­ran’s story

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

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

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