A refugee left on Nauru to die: Bring Ali* to Australia to die with dignity & comfort NOW

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Ali* is dying in pain and fear, far from home and without hope – and Australia put him there.

Ali is 63 years old and not expected to live many more months. He is also a member of the persecuted Hazaran minority and has been formally recognised as a refugee, but today he is lying on a bed in an Australian detention centre on Nauru in pain and discomfort dying from lung cancer.

He has one incredibly simple request: to come to Australia and receive some relief from the pain and die with some dignity and comfort.

Despite being told by doctors that Nauru has no way to support Ali to have a dignified and pain free death, and despite having been found to be a refugee, the Australian Border Force has refused to bring Ali to Australia to spend his final days receiving proper palliative care.

It’s no secret that Nauru and Manus Island's refugee and medical services are woefully inadequate. On Nauru the medical facilities on offer to refugees like Ali are completely ill equipped to care for someone requiring around-the-clock palliative care.

But despite this, the Australian Government is still refusing Ali proper, humane, end-of-life care in Australia.

In an obscene and cynical gesture, Australian Border Force offered Ali $25,000 to return to his home country, a place where he has a very real risk of being persecuted. 

So, not only is the Government refusing adequate medical care, but they are trying to convince a genuine refugee with end-stage cancer to return to the country he fled, a place where he faces certain danger.

This is a new low even for the Turnbull government. It is also in breach of Australia’s legal obligations to protect refugees.

We're calling on the Australian Government to bring Ali to Australia to receive proper, palliative care. 

Ali has no one to speak out for him except you and I. We can’t let him die alone and in pain. You can help us by signing this petition.

He has asked to come to Australia to have the care he needs with folks from his community close by to hold his hand and walk this final mile with him. It is a small enough mercy that he asks for even from a cold and brutal country like ours.

Cancer is a universal truth for many - so many of us have lost our family and friends to this incurable disease. As anyone who has watched it take over a person, it’s a horrific burden even with the most sophisticated treatments. Without proper medical treatment, the pain Ali is experiencing is unimaginable.

Bring Ali to Australia now.

- Julie Macken and Luisa Low, Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru

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*Ali is a patronym, his full name is withheld to protect his family.