Letter from a refugee: ‘This is not tolerable for any human being’

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The following message was received by Indymedia from within Curtin Detention Centre with a request that it posted on the site. Please circulate this cry for help and solidarity amongst your networks.

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It is known to all and history has also proven that Hazaras have always and systemically been target of national, religious and ethnic oppression and cruelty and yet thousands of people including women and children have lost their life and thousands of families have lost their guardian and thousands of children are now orphan, who do not just have access to education but also experiencing a horrible and miserable life.

Taliban, predominant Pashtuns, are the very actual face of national, religious and significantly ethnic oppression and cruelty who have taken the annihilation of Hazaras serious and have declared that killing of Hazaras is according to rules and regulations of Islam and hence mandatory.

Looting Hazara’s properties is same as their worship therefore consider it a gift from God and continue to their systematic oppression and harassment of Hazaras at any corner of Afghanistan with their barbaric attacks, counting it as their daily pray for god.

The media has always been reporting about the barbaric attacks of marauder Taliban, which have cost several lives and demolitions for Hazaras.

By passing each day, the situation for these people (Hazaras) is deteriorating.

These people whose way of living is becoming harder tried to continue life and along with their families they have left their birthplace and sought refuge from other countries to just survive from the barbaric attacks of Pashtuns/Talibs.

Hazaras, as seen in majority of European countries and even Canada have been seen to have requested for refuge and are now living in peace.

For the last three years that Australia has again opened the gate for asylum seekers, Hazaras traveling thousands of miles and going through 100% serious risks have escaped death to request protection from Australia and yet not every individual has conquered this deathly journey and even tens of people have lost their lives.

Most of these people have sacrificed their life and are now spending in Malaysia's appalling prisons with plenty of calamities and agony, a huge number is jailed in Indonesia and sadly a considerable number of them while carrying lots of hopes on this journey lost their life in depth of the ocean just like Boat SIEV 221 in a very sorrowful, painful and horrible way while sailing across Malaysia, Indonesia and Australian waters and turned into sea animals’ meal.

Luckily after spending three to eleven months of imprisonment in Malaysia and Indonesia, when we arrived in Australia, we thought Australia would embrace us and listen to our stories and treat our long time grief by granting protection, therefore we thought ourselves lucky and fortunate.

Since we deserved to be granted protection, we requested for protection from Australian government. But, after a while in contrary to its prior policy, Australia granted protection visa to a very few number and rejected most of us saying that: ‘The living condition for Hazaras in Afghanistan is fine now’.

While we had already explained the serious risks we are facing during our Immigration interviews.

We need to know that:
1. Is Australia not aware of how we (Hazaras) are being targeted in the most atrocious ways in Afghanistan?
2. Does Australia really don't know that Qarabagh-Jaghuri Express way is still blocked to Hazaras and traveling on this destination equals to death for us?
3. Does Australia really don't know that every day our children's faces are fogged with misery, deprivation and orphanhood?
4. Does Australia really don't know why Pashtun gave birth to Taliban and what was their target?
5. Does Australia really don't know that few months ago Taliban beheaded a number of Hazaras just like sheep?
6. Does Australia really don't know how Hazaras are being targeted in Quetta of Pakistan just for being Shia and Hazara.
And Does.... ? Does.... ? Does.... ? Does....?

Considering all these issues, how could Australia not grant us protection? This matter has turned into enigma for us which is never solvable.

The only good news we have been given by immigration department is that we may have more chances of granting protection visa in second stage called IMR (Independent Merits Review).

As we have escaped death from Afghanistan and returning to Afghanistan is just like suicide for us, we don't have any alternate choice but to suffer in detention centers.

Now that we have spent considerable amount of time taken from 3 to 20 months in detention centers, we still suffer from the amount of time and only God knows how much more time we have to spend here for no reason and without destiny.



The only reason which can be applicable is that we have sought protection from Australian government and the only reason we have requested for protection is that we did not have any other remedy but to die in Afghanistan just for being Hazara.

We thought and still believe that Australia is a real humanitarian nation and really gives value to human rights but, things are upside down here in detention centers specially in Curtin IDC.

With much grievance, we want to say that these people in detention centre are going through a very serious condition which has caused both psychological and mental problems such as depression, insomnia, lack of endurance, self-harming, horrible nightmares and much more of other traumas.

By passing each day the condition is getting worse , as few months before number of people here tried suicide attempts and only two of them could succeed, one of them by hanging up himself and the other one died of the severe depression and lost their dear life and luckily the other one who jumped off the window of his room survived and is now in Perth Hospital and much more of these deathly incidents are happening weekly in Curtin IDC.

We need to know that how long do we have to consume depression tablets and other depression medicines and how long do we have to line up before mental heath department here?

How long do we have to consume Dethop 25 and Dethop 75 mg, Mirtazapine 30 and 45 mg, Axit 15 and 30 mg and other tricyclic antidepressant and MAOI?

Why do we have to suffer from the side effect of these medicines such as unusual and disturbing dreams, thinking abnormal and much more other mental difficulties?

Its obvious how long it takes us to recover from this condition. As a matter of fact in Curtin, we are more familiar to the mental doctors than to our Case Managers.

This policy of immigration department is creating hate and disgust in the heart of these people and the only way to wash out this hate is to end up to our mandatory detention, give us hope, and let us join our families, let us feel that we are also human beings.

We are calling for your help and humanitarian assistance because we are experiencing a bleak situation this time here in Curtin IDC.

We are requesting you to please contemplate and be more compassionate about us cause this time there is huge chance of human catastrophe, since predicament and chaos itself bring catastrophe where no one would be able to predict and prevention of such catastrophe will be impossible.

We once again point out that the problems and frustrating situation we are dealing with is not tolerable for any human being in normal status, therefore how can you accept that our families struggle with loneliness without guardian and we remain behind razors deprived from human rights, liberty and no destiny?

Hereby, we request from Australian government specifically from immigration department to please being amendments to its ongoing policy and end up to our sufferings and free us from the detention centers like free pigeons.

We need this assistance and help from United Nations, independent Organisations in Australia, Human Rights Commission of Australia, Red Cross, Refugee Rights Actions Network, Medias in Australia, Refugee Action Collective, Refugee Council, Act Now, Asylum Seeker Resource Center, Indymedia and any awaken human not just from Australia but from around the but from around the world.

Specially from you.

FREEDOM IS WHAT WE ARE YELLING FOR !
WE ARE ONE OF YOUR KIND SO, PLEASE HELP US.

(Coordination of Hazara Refugees in Curtin)

Comments

I am a Pashtun living in london has many hazzara friends and we get along very well. They "hazzaras" are equal afghans as Pashtuns are. It's stupid of some of you people forcing ur people deep in to division.

If u the writer was an illiterate then I and most of the afghans would ignore u but frm ur writing u seem educated. Y dnt u spend time and try to bring the communities close to each other rather then putting hatred in to the new generation of afghans.

I have seen and read many articles of anti- Pashtuns, many u would find in tajikam.com/forums. Talking about how to kill all Pashtuns n divide Afg. How will u divide ur hazzaras region? U r like 8 percent and now all afghans are mixed and lives in different provinces.

I know to get citizenship or asylum you have to lie to the Australian government but to show ur other afghans down isn't appropriate and it proves you being for real not an afghan. My messege to hazzaras is dnt work for Iran , work and love your country afghanistan.

If talibans ( mostly Pashtuns) hated u lot tht much, why they not killing u now or doing suicide in ur places. All Taliban do is kill their own Pashtuns.