Grieving mom’s chilling letter
THE MOTHER of an Iranian refugee who committed suicide in an Australia-run immigration detention centre on Nauru has lambasted the Australian government over her son’s death and asked the authorities to let her have access to his body.
In a scathing letter published by the Guardian news website yesterday, Fazileh Mansour Beigi said Australian authorities ignored her concerns regarding her son’s deteriorating health.
Fariborz Karami took his own life two weeks ago. He had been languishing on Nauru for five years.
“My 26-year-old son had his last breaths in your mouldy tents and closed his beautiful eyes to your abomination, injustice and disgusting policies,” Beigi wrote in a letter addressed to the Australian Border Force.
“Often, I told you and I wrote to you that my sons are depressed and exhausted, ‘please help a sick and feeble mother’. But, instead of support, you replied that if I couldn’t tolerate it, I should return to my country.”
“I know that your violence and cruelty is deeply rooted and against that I am a powerless woman,” Beigi said in the letter written in Farsi, the official language of Iran.
“Give me written permission to bury him anywhere except Nauru and Iran,” she said.
There are more than 900 refugees, including 140 children, in the detention camps on Nauru. – dpa