Dec 21, 2010

Stop for a minute.

How can it be that 48 people died trying to reach our shores? No matter what you think about asylum seekers we as human beings surely must feel compassion. We watched  with horror as people risked their lives to pull from the seas fellow human beings who were drowning before our eyes.  The tragic loss of life  is a stark reminder of the desperation of vulnerable asylum-seekers who are trying to reach protection for themselves and their families.


This cannot happen again. The current system is not working. We need to protect vulnerable people. We must do something.

12 comments:

  1. compassion escapes politicians when it doesn't track well on their opinion polls. I hope to god people start to change the politicians way of thinking.

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  2. It's just devastating! Can you just imagine how desperate these poor people are to find peace & safety to have risked their very lives to try to find it...my heart aches for them.

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  3. I agree. They say that things happen for a reason. I do wonder whether this has happened to ensure that things do change. Here's hoping. Kx

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  4. Hi there...just found your blog! Love it! I cried when I read what happened. These people are so desperate...we are so lucky to live in a peaceful country. I can not imagine being so desperate that I had to set sail on a clearly inadequate boat with my children to travel to the other side of the world. Most people will not agree with this but I sometimes think that Australia is not the compassionate place we say it is. I don't think we are doing anywhere near enough for these people.

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  5. I have been stopping for many minutes. I still can't believe how lucky we are. I still can't believe how little our country protects those in desperate situations. I still can't believe there are so many Aussies who can't seem to locate simple compassion or a will to HELP.

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  6. And if they do make here alive, we are not treating them humanely...is this really Australia?

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  7. It's simply appalling. We are so unbelievably spoiled by having all that we want and more, but most of all for the freedoms we take for granted. It astounds me that we can be so selfish as a nation when we have so much to give (and so much to gain by doing so).

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  8. Unfortunately the ones with more power to make the difference are the less interested in these matters :(

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  9. *sigh* A horrible tragedy My Dear & I know I certainly don't have the answers... but I hope there is one.

    Just popping over while I have a minute to wish you & your little family a very Merry Christmas honey - hold them tight & be even more thankful for them in light of this tragic event...

    xo

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  10. Such a tragic situation... I've been thinking and stopping a lot too... and I think I need to do something more, and say something more (off to try and find a way to make sure those in power know that my family want more care and protection for asylum seekers, and not less...)

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  11. A good start would maybe be to seriosuly look at the condition these people are running from. It's a myth that they are 'gold diggers', most people want to stay in the countries they were born.

    Being Norwegian, I know that we tend to top the list of countries providing the most aid to 'the third world'. Truth is that these countries pay more interest on their loans given by the Norwegian state, than they receive.
    These pictures makes me mostly angry because it's totally unnecessary.

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