#ProtectRefugeeKids from government brutality

#ProtectRefugeeKids from government brutality

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Hundreds of refugee families, some with newborn babies, are being evicted from their homes and cut off from all financial support. 

Families like single mum, Ayaan*, whose little boy, Zahi*, is just 18 months old. If the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) gets its way, Zahi will soon be without food and shelter.

With no rental or employment history and only six-month temporary visas, these mums and dads are given three weeks to find jobs and homes.

This unprecedented move is re-traumatising kids who have already been through the wringer. Many already suffer chronic mental and physical illnesses as a result of prolonged detention.  

On top of losing their homes, their schooling is being disrupted, if not terminated, robbing them of education and a wider support network.

The stress being placed on their parents, many of whom also suffer chronic mental and physical illnesses, is also a point of grave concern.

The families affected are those previously held on Nauru, who were brought to Australia for medical care. They have since been living in homes provided by the DHA without work rights, on a restricted government allowance. 

We are pleading with Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, to extend special benefits to all affected refugees while they work to obtain secure employment, housing and financial independence. 

This also includes the refugees recently released from the Park Hotel in Melbourne and all other refugees formerly on Nauru and Papua New Guinea from whom government financial aid has been cruelly withdrawn. 

By washing its hands of responsibility for these people, the government has placed the burden of care on the chronically underfunded and under-resourced community sector. 

All we want is to see these people, especially the children, happy, healthy and safe, but as grassroots organisations already overwhelmed by the pandemic, we simply cannot cope with the consequences of the DHA’s actions.  

Please sign and share this petition and help us #ProtectRefugeeKids.

This is a joint initiative by Mums4Refugees, Hope for Nauru and Grandmothers for Refugees NSW, with the support of the organisations listed below. 

Supporting this campaign: Welcoming Australia, Communify, Rural Australians for Refugees, Grandmothers for Refugees, Refugee Advocacy Network, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project, Centre for Asylum Seekers Refugees and Detainees (CARAD), Justice for Refugees SA, Asylum Seeker Network WA.

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