The 20th June is World Refugee Day.
I don’t intend to get political too often on this blog (though it is tempting during election season), but Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers is a consistent source of frustration and heartbreak for me.
A group that I have a huge amount of respect for is Love Makes A Way, who coordinate non-violent protest rooted in the Christian faith. One of their main activities is organising sit-ins in MPs offices, where they pray, sing hymns, and demand to know when children will be released from detention. Civil disobedience is sometimes an appropriate tactic to draw attention to injustice. For those involved in Love Makes A Way It has resulted in arrests in some cases. They have stories about police feeling terrible for arresting pastors, priests, nuns, and the like. But it just goes to show how seriously inhumane our government’s policies are that it would motivate such people to break the law.
you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
-Warsan Shire, “Home”
Let them stay.