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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Remembering Refugees

A viewing of the movie "We shall be remembered for this: A film about Australia" last week brought back to me the deep anger that I experienced during the years from 2001, the deceptive language and fearmongering of the previous Government's refugee "policy", and the deaths of the people on the SIEV X.

The simple road movie of a trip to Baxter refugee camp put together by a young Christian activist, now a lawyer, provided a helpful benchmark on where we had come from during a week in which there was an announcement of a substantial change in government policy.

A simple story that is worth going back to, to be reminded of how people were de-humanised and put through severe trauma from simply trying to exercise their right to seek asylum.

We need to remember our shared humanity - for Christians the fundamental claim that all share in the image of God, or as the Quakers put it, acknowledge that there is "that of God" in every human.

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