My name is Angela. I’m from a little Queensland town called Biloela, which is fighting to bring Priya, her husband Nades and their two beautiful, Australian-born daughters back to the town they call home.
Last week, Peter Dutton had this family dragged onto a plane to Sri Lanka, a war-torn country their QLD-born girls have never known. When a judge ordered the plane land in Darwin, Mr Dutton forced them to an empty prison camp on Christmas Island.
I couldn’t leave this family alone and terrified in the middle of the Indian Ocean. So I scraped together $3,000 in savings and flew to Christmas Island. I arrived just in time to learn another judge had stopped Mr Dutton forced this family to danger - for two days.Mr Dutton could force them from Australia to danger as soon as Friday. That’s tomorrow.
In Sri Lanka, Priya saw her fiance burned alive. Nades still carries shrapnel from a government bomb. But in Biloela, they found peace, safety and a place to call home.
For a town desperate to grow its population, it was a “win win”. Nades volunteered at Vinnies and worked hard at the local meatworks. Priya joined church groups and brought her curries up to the doctors at the local hospital.
They are a part of this town, and we just want them home. Now, I need your help to turn this family’s desperate situation around. Please, can you chip in to build an emergency “bring them home” fund to help Biloela keep up the fight to save this family?
If Prime Minister Morrison goes ahead with his plan to force them to Sri Lanka, we’ll use every last dollar to do everything we can to keep Priya, Nades and their two innocent little girls safe from the security forces known for imprisoning, torturing and disappearing thousands of Tamil people like Priya and Nades. And we’ll keep on fighting to bring them back home to Biloela.
But if Morrison can look into his heart and bring this family straight back home from Christmas Island to Biloela - as hundreds of thousands of Australians have asked - we can give every last dollar to charities working hard to support rural Australians who are doing it tough.We need to work fast. If Mr Morrison forces this Australian family to danger, we’ll need urgent support and advice
from human rights organisations, security experts and journalists.
As the pressure mounts, Mr Morrison has started saying that Priya and Nades can apply to migrate from Sri Lanka Australia “like anyone else”. But what Mr Morrison isn’t saying is that if this family is forced back to Sri Lanka, they’ll be slapped with an impossibly heavy debt to repay the cost of their forced deportation
which will stop that ever happening.
Many hundreds of thousands of Australians have looked into their hearts and sent a powerful message to the PM to bring Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa home to Biloela.
My heart is still full of hope, for my friend Priya, and for us all. If you can, please support our crowdfunding campaign. 100% of funds will be used to keep this family safe and get them home to Biloela
- and remember, if Mr Morrison brings this family straight back home from Christmas Island to Biloela, every last dollar will donated in support of rural Australians.
Angela Fredericks (Biloela local)