The Saturday Paper

Locked into suffering

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The article by Sarah Price on Imasi Yousef causes one to despair about the actions of the Australian government (“‘I am talking to walls’”, September 18-24). Surely imprisoned refugees should be among the first to be vaccinated. Where is the duty of care? This man, through no fault of his own, is stateless. We can offer him shelter, citizenshi­p and a life of freedom. Instead he is imprisoned for years and now placed in isolation at great risk to his physical and mental health. He has committed no offence but has suffered greatly. He must be released, fully compensate­d and provided with any care he needs.

– Gael Barrett, North Balwyn, Vic

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