Will you make a call for Kopika?
Jan 13, 2019 —
Before Border Force snatched Priya and Nades from their Biloela home almost one year ago, they were looking forward to enrolling little Kopika in a local kindergarten.
At two, Kopika was already a bright, sociable toddler, running to people she knew and taking delight in the world around her.
But when her Biloela friends start kindy on Tuesday next week, Kopika and her baby sister Tharunicaa will wake up to their 322nd day behind the security fences and locked doors of Melbourne’s harsh detention centre.
And unless Immigration Minister David Coleman steps in to help, these Queensland-born girls and their loving Mum and Dad could be forced from Australia to danger as soon as February 1st.
To everyone who wrote to Mr Coleman and their local MP last week - thank you. Now, with time running out for this family, I urgently need your help to step things up with a phone call.
With no other children to play with and only brief access to a sparse, outdoor courtyard for short periods each day, 10 months of detention have taken a terrible toll on our “little cockatoos”.
But the isolation and confinement pale in comparison to the dangers this beautiful family will face if they are forced from Australia to war-torn Sri Lanka on February 1st.
As members of Sri Lanka’s persecuted Tamil minority, Priya and Nades have every reason to fear for their family’s safety.
Tamils are routinely detained by Sri Lanka’s feared security forces at the airport. According to the UN, torture of detainees is “endemic and systematic” in Sri Lanka.
Mr Coleman has the power to bring this beautiful family home to Biloela at the stroke of a pen.
I don’t know exactly what it will take for him to use that power. But I truly believe that if somehow, all 164,000 of us could act together to make this simple phone call, Kopika and her family would be home to Bilo in time for her first day of kindy.
Thank you for everything you are doing,
PS Your phone call to Mr Coleman will be one of the most powerful steps you take to help me save this family. But we need to do this now, while there is still time.
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