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Daily Archives: November 10, 2008

Quote of the week

Put this up in gold, or write it on your heart.

Claire Hatton, whose husband, Christian Redman, was killed in the 2002 attacks, first heard about the execution of his killers at the Coogee memorial yesterday. "I saw a quote by Mahatma Gandhi and it said: ‘The trouble with an eye for an eye is that it makes us all blind’. That’s what I think."

— from the Sydney Morning Herald reporting the execution of three of the Bali bombers.

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10 November: Bloggers Unite on Reuniting Refugees

side_2 Here in Australia we are still emerging from a period when our handling of refugee issues caused much disquiet. Not all is well by any means, but there has been progress. And Australia is just one small player in a great world problem. Would that the policies and actions that fuel the flow of refugees came to an end! The wars, the tribalisms, the fanaticism… But even if that were to happen, we face the newer and developing problem of environmental refugees. We are all in this together.

The spirit of today’s Bloggers Unite is not to address the enormous issue of refugees as a whole, however, but to focus on one very human aspect: that the flight of refugees often tears families apart, and that it can be years, if ever, before these families are reunited.

The front page of the South Sydney Herald this month tells such a story – of a Bangladeshi asylum seeker in Sydney who was reunited with his wife and children after seventeen years, only being successful in this because he had an advocate in the form of Newtown resident Natalie Gould. I guess the story does show that individuals can make a difference, even if we throw up our hands in despair at times at the size of the problem.

See also:

Refugee Council of Australia – Head Office
Suite 4A6, 410 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010