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Don't send an 11 year old autistic child and her mother back to Indonesia to suffer homelessness, severe discrimination and denial of access to basic services including medical care and schooling.

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Emeline is an 11 year old intellectually disabled girl with autism from Indonesia.  She arrived in Australia with her mother, Mei, in 2012.  They currently have a request for ministerial intervention before the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton MP.  His intervention is required in order to allow them to remain in Australia.

Mei is a single mother to Emeline, having been abandoned by her husband and family due to Emeline’s condition.  They believe Emeline is possessed by evil spirits that Mei caused. 

Within Mei’s community in Indonesia more generally, she has been repeatedly discriminated against with these kinds of beliefs because of Emeline and advised to abandon her daughter due to her disability. 

As a mother, Mei has always known the value of her daughter as a person living with disability and has been determined to ensure Emeline obtained access to medical care and schooling to enable her to fulfil her potential.  Because of Emeline’s condition, Mei needs to provide constant care and supervision to ensure her safety. 

Mei has already been forced to put Emeline in an orphanage in Indonesia for several months in order to work and raise funds for her daughter.  Emeline suffered severe neglect, was mocked and bullied by her carers and was covered in lice and a scabies rash.   

Since Emeline’s time in Australia, she has finally been able to receive appropriate medical care and access to schooling.  This has seen her make significant progress, including being toilet trained and gaining some verbal skills.  Emeline has also been able to form relationships with the community where she currently lives in Sydney, something that was impossible for the girl that arrived in 2012, unable to speak or establish any form of eye contact.

Mei is eternally grateful for the care and concern that Emeline has received to date in Australia.  As Emeline can now attend school full-time, it has enabled Mei to start working and undertake ongoing volunteer work.

For the first time, Emeline has been considered as a person with value and been given opportunities to fulfil her potential.  A return to Indonesia would certainly take this all away.

Please sign this petition and show that Australians believe in the right to a life of dignity and the opportunity for Emeline to thrive as a child living with disability.



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