Saturday, December 18, 2010

Boat tragedy: How Australians became complicit in the horror of Christmas Island. by Richard Flanagan in The Guardian

............."I saw a person dying in front of me, and there was nothing I could do to save them," resident Kamar Ismail is reported to have said. "Babies, children, maybe three or four years old, they were hanging on to bits of timber, they were screaming 'help, help, help'." Lifejackets thrown down were tossed back by storm winds, the last illusion of a hope that had once borne the name Australia.

If 30 Australians drowned in Sydney Harbour it would be a national tragedy. But when 30 or more refugees drown off the Australian coast, it is a political question...........Read More in the 

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