Target: Peter Dutton, Australian Immigration Administrator
Goal: Close an inhumane and isolated immigration detention center that allegedly drives refugees to suicide.
A Somali asylum seeker set herself on fire to avoid returning to a repressive detention center. The controversial center, located on the pacific island of Nauru, is home to refugees seeking asylum in Australia. Demand that the Australian government stop forcing refugees into detainment.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated that the offshore detention center has proved “untenable.” Offshore processing does considerable damage to mental and physical health. The constant uncertainty about the future creates an extremely unstable environment for these refugees, who have already suffered greatly.
The woman suffered severe burns and is being treated in Australia. She is not the first to self-immolate in protest of the camp; her predecessor died of his injuries. Sign below to demand that a more humane and permanent solution is created for these refugees.
Dear Administrator Dutton,
A 21-year-old Somali woman set herself on fire in protest of the Nauru detainment camp. She suffered severe life-threatening burns. We demand that you reexamine your immigration policies and propose a more humane option for refugees.
We realize that the camps were created to prevent the suffering of refugees. While this intention is noble, it does not consider the physical and psychological toll of long-term detainment. These refugees are kept in an unstable environment awaiting uncertain futures. Their isolation from the rest of the world only creates further suffering.
We demand that you seek a more humane solution to the refugee crisis. They’ve suffered enough.
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