Stop treating Refugee's as a problem.
In 2016, the Human Rights Watch released their World Report. It shamed Australia for our treatment of Asylum Seekers, and rightly so.
'The government’s failure to respect international standards for asylum seekers and refugees continues to take a heavy toll'
Australia continues to detain people who are seeking asylum, people who are fleeing their homes in terror, people who only left their homes because the rough seas are safer than the land.
Only they arrive only to be further traumatised and subject to abuse. They are locked up as if they were criminals, when all they seek is a life and a home away from danger, war and persecution. They want their children to grow up, not in fear but in hope for the future.
These sentiments echo that of every person around the world but Australia does not have the humanity to recognise this. Australia can't seem to see past where they came from, their culture, colour or religion. These people are subject to abuse in our jails because they are seen as 'other' or 'different to us'. This is the problem.
What Australia must remember is that we are all human, we all deserve to be safe and deserve to live our lives. This should be enough for us to welcome them with open arms, to help protect their children from the dangers they are fleeing.
No matter our race, the colour of our skin, the language we speak, the culture we have or the religion we practice. We are all people and deserve to be treated as such.
If you want to help refugees living in our communities or find out how to pressure our government to reform the way we treat Asylum Seekers, visit https://www.asrc.org.au
No one deserves to be treated the way Australia treats Asylum Seekers. Lets demand action before this becomes the human rights atrocity of our generation that everyone stood by and watched. Our children and grandchildren will look back on this time asking us how we didn't do anything to help, how we stood by as children died.