by Tom Coburg A video preview of a new Levellers single reminds us all of the perils faced by millions of refugees. And of our responsibility to assist them. It also coincides with news that Australia is reportedly attempting to permanently separate the families of refugees, held illegally.
The single, “The Shame”, includes the lyrics:
Did you sleep well in bed, safe, warm and cosy. Do you hope someone finds a solution overnight?… Ah, you’d like to help, but sadly you haven’t the time.
An example of Australian racism from Nauru
Computer engineer Arash Shirmohamadi is one of several refugees who, reportedly, are subject to this cruel practice by Australia. In 2013, after fleeing persecution in Iran because of his Baha’i faith, he was forced by Australia to go to the tiny Pacific island of Nauru. Since then he has attempted suicide, and suffers seizures and paralysis.
A pesar de su compromiso con causas progresistas ahora sale que Ferrovial está metido en el cruel negocio de gestionar la detención indefinida de personas ‘secuestradas’ en alta mar y que soliciten asilo en Australia.
Hay documentados 300 casos de niños que cometen o amenazan la autolesión, 67 casos de abuso infantil, 33 casos de violación o asalto sexual de los solicitantes de asilo, 200 casos de asalto y 30 casos de abuso contra el personal de Australia – y eso es sólo en Nauru.