Heartbreaking:
Children Living in Containers in Australia

Children living in containers…

Not in Vietnam, Nigeria, India or Brazil…

Right here in Australia.

Stay with me. I will get into the details in just a moment.

First, let me go through a case that has gained a lot of media attention in the last month… 

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A little girl who has spent all her birthdays in a detention centre here in Australia.

She is only 4 years old. Her name is Tharnicaa.

Her parents arrived in Australia by boat in 2012 to seek asylum from persecution in Sri Lanka.

On March 4, 2018, Tharnicaa and her family were sent to the Broadmeadows detention centre in Melbourne…

Since then, they’ve been living in a flimsy container behind fences.

That’s right, two innocent children living inside a container…  

Source: SBS.com.au 

The doors of the container can’t even be locked from the inside. 

Guards patrol it every day.

The heat is sweltering. Pests and insects invade the container.

Most people in Australia were oblivious to the fact that children were living inside containers… 

A few weeks ago 4-year-old Tharnicaa developed a life-threatening blood infection and the case got publicity.

Source: ABC.net.au 

But that’s no single case of children kept in containers in detention centres by the Australian Government…

In 2014 alone there were 1068 children being held in detention centres around Australia…

Yes, genuine refugee children…

Source: University of Wollongong 

All unnoticed by most of us.

How is that possible?

Australia has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1990. 

One of the basic principles of the CRC is that children must only be detained as a measure of last resort…

Likewise, according to the CRC, children seeking asylum have a right to appropriate protection and assistance.

And that’s what we, Gold Migration Lawyers, have been fighting for… 

Recently we’ve helped a little Ethiopian girl to escape the genocide in the Tigray region…

On 18 May 2021 we agreed to help Mr. G (we will suppress his real name for privacy reasons).

The Australian Immigration Department had refused a visa application for his adopted daughter who was living in the war-torn Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Our Head of Migration, Andreas Athanasiou, represented Mr. G in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and we successfully overturned the decision from the Immigration Department.

Another BIG human rights win by Gold Migration Lawyers

And another child that gets a chance at a wholesome family life in Australia.

Maybe you are not a refugee. That doesn’t mean you should ignore what’s been happening here in Australia…

You too can help these children… 

By simply sharing this blog post with your friends and family, you are making a big contribution towards pressuring the government to allow Tharnicaa and hundreds of other refugee children to stay in Australia.

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