Message for Refugee Week

Dear Prime Minister,

The Manus Island Reprocessing Centre continues to have services removed so that the conditions for the men who are trapped there become worse and worse.  Here is a message from one of the men on Manus to his fellow refugees:

Never forget how far you’ve come. Everything you have gotten through. All the times you have pushed on even when you felt you couldn’t. All the mornings you got out of bed no matter how hard it was. All the times you wanted to give up but you got through another day. Never forget how much strength you have learned and developed.

I know what it’s like to be kicked in the guts when you’re down and no one there to give you a hand up or even a kind word or smile. I’ve looked around and seen nothing but dust from the people running away.

Let us keep hope no matter what happened to us or what’s going to happen, we survived four years of torture, abuse, bullying, beaten up, killed by system which Australia funded with billions of dollars.
— Aziz on Manus Island, quoted by Niko Leka in Newcastle Herald letters to the editor.

Prime Minister, bring them here.