Griev­ing mom’s chill­ing let­ter

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

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

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