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Nauru's asylum seekers face plight in Afghanistan

Published: Tue 25 Nov 2003 08:46 AM
Nauru's asylum seekers flying to certain plight in Afghanistan
A number of asylum seekers in Nauru will be 'voluntarily' repatriated to Afghanistan in early December.
The conditions inside Nauru's detention centers may be difficult, but the main suffering for those locked away on the isolated Island is the trauma they carry from past persecution and ill treatment. They face enormous anxiety about having to return to the same dangers from which they escaped and this leads to depression and psychological illness. They are also isolated from up-to-date information about their countries and any legal advice. Therefore they are not in a position to make an informed decision regarding voluntary repatriation.
Afghanistan is not a liberated country and certainly not a safe place for asylum seekers to return.
Much of Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban, Al Queda, and War Lord Forces. As a result of the continuing danger inside Afghanistan the United Nations and other aid agencies have withdrawn from areas such as Ghazni. The very place we are returning these people to.
It is not safe for Afghan asylum seekers in Nauru to return to a place where children can be stolen, women raped and men killed. The Rural Australians for Refugees urgently calls upon the Australian Federal Government to cancel the irresponsible flight of asylum seekers to Afghanistan, departing next month.

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