Save this hard working Coptic Christian Family
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Please sign this petition to help this vulnerable family who are facing an uncertain future. The Boshra family are a Coptic Christian family who have been denied the right to stay in Australia. They will be deported unless we all help and sign this petition.
We appeal to your sense of mercy, the Hon Peter Dutton The Immigration Minister to have compassion on this family and allow them to stay in Australia, where they will find refuge and safety.
Below is part of the article in the Australian Newspaper dated 18/05/2017
“Ashraf Boshre spent 48 years double-checking that the security doors of his home in Giza, Egypt, were firmly locked before going to sleep.
A Coptic Christian, the 51-year-old brought his wife, Amany, and daughters Maria, 24, Mira, 19, and Monica, 13, to Australia in late 2013 on a visitors’ visa, before applying for protection following decades of discrimination and abuse.
“When I’m walking the street, going to church (here), no one is going to come attack you,” said Mr Boshre, who now lives in Sydney’s south. “No one is going to come attack your daughters because they’re not wearing the head cover. It helps me, I feel happy.”
But within days, Mr Boshre, his family, his parents Ibrahim and Nora, and sisters will be asked to buy plane tickets and return to Giza. Days after bombs tore through two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday, they were told their application for a permanent visa had been rejected.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the church attacks, which killed at least 47 worshippers.
The double bombings came despite promises from the Egyptian government to protect its Christian minority, and as a new study in the US showed an accelerating departure of Christians from the Middle East.
By 2025, Christians are expected to represent little more than 3 per cent of the Middle East’s population, down from 4.2 per cent in 2010, according to Todd Johnson, the director of the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. In 1910, the figure was 13.6 per cent.
The accelerating decline stems mostly from emigration, Mr Johnson says, although higher Muslim birthrates also contribute.
A former agricultural engineer, Mr Boshre believes he has integrated well into Australian life. He now works at Coles, while his wife works providing catering for Qantas. Daughter Maria studies engineering and Mira has been accepted into dentistry. The uncertainty about their future has hit their youngest, Monica, the hardest. She now suffers anxiety.
“I am a third-class citizen in Egypt. The same with my kids, people look at them as an infidel,” Mr Boshre said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s SmartTraveller website warns Australians: “Reconsider your need to travel to Egypt due to the threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping. Small explosions occur on a frequent basis in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.”
Weeks before Christmas last year, a suicide bomber targeted a cathedral in Cairo, killing 25 people. The church is 15 minutes’ drive from where Mr Boshre lived. “Here I find freedom, I find safety, equal opportunity, I feel safe for my girls. Nobody is going to kidnap them and force them to convert in the street,” he said, adding, “or rape them”.
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