The tile of the piece was the response on twitter to one our articles this week and it perfectly sums the reality, they are people – fellow humans.
This is not a political issue, it is a moral and humanitarian issue.
The human toll of this issue is enormous. They suffer real and lasting harm. These people have escaped from a situation where they had no security and now have a life full of uncertainty. This has a dire consequence on their mental health.
While this is happening, people in Australia who have a comfortable existence, safe and secure wish to deny peace and security to others. These people sleep soundly at night in their beds in Australia while others have trouble sleeping because of a high level of anxiety. Anxiety and depression have reached epidemic proportions.
According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Children on manus wet their beds, suffer nightmares, act out, and in some instances had stopped interacting with or even speaking to people outside of their immediate families.
Populism in Australia is making Australians inhuman when it comes to refugees and people seeking asylum. Their mantra is ‘keep people away from Australia at all costs even if they need protection as refugees, and make life unpleasant for those who try to reach Australia.’
While people have genuine concerns about security and loss of Australian identity, these concerns need to addressed with honesty, not with a post-truth attitude.
The issue regarding our security is that our borders are safe, it’s our humanity that is threatened. Australia’s problem is racism not refugees. Supporting refugees is the radical notion that refugees are people. However, the sad truth is that more have died on Manus island than has been settled.