June 20 – World Refugee Day

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The United Nations estimate there to be 45 million refugees worldwide. They flee war-torn countries, dangerous and oppression living conditions and we, with our safe countries turn them away at the door. I believe we need to take on refugees. I understand there are security issues with letting just anyone over the border, but there are what I believe to be even greater moral issues with robbing the hopes of people who have been left with nothing.
I recommend you have a look at this article from the ABC, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-20/an-world-refugee-day/4767164 , involving passages from refugees themselves.
The video above is a trailer of sorts for the tv mini-series “Go Back to Where You Came From”. It is horribly ironic that Australians have the audacity to deny those who are not born here refuge, for Australia is built on multiculturalism, and no one has any right to tell people to go back to anywhere, as (unless you’re aboriginal) you have most certainly come from somewhere that is not Australia yourself.
The show follows the journey of six Australians, some very left wing, some embarrassingly adamant the refugees are an abomination, as they follow the path of a refugee coming to Australia – but in reverse. They go through all the incredibly risky and horrible steps undertaken by refugees for a chance at freedom, making their way to the countries that those seeking asylum flee. It is brilliantly insightful; whether you support a greater intake of refugees or not this is a real eye opener. The whole thing can be found on Youtube. The first part is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bDly518a-k

~ Darcie Rae

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