Seeking justice from channel ABC's exploitation

My name is Hussain, and my family and I were kindly accepted by the Australian government to come to Australia as refugees to rebuild our lives after it became too dangerous for us to live in our homeland, Iraq.

We left Iraq in 2005 and travelled via Jordan, Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia. For my family, these were difficult years as they struggled to adapt to different countries in our search for a new life.

In 2009, while we were in Indonesia awaiting resettlement after being recognised by UNHCR as refugees, I was approached by an Australian TV program to help them understand how the people-smugglers worked by taking money from desperate people and putting them on unseaworthy boats in their attempt to get to Australia. I agreed to help in exposing the people-smugglers because I wanted to help save the lives of future victims.

I was led to believe that the TV program would be about the people-smugglers and their methods, but the program portrayed Indonesia as a partner with the people-smugglers and falsely attacked Indonesia’s reputation. I was manipulated to be featured in the program with the promise that the program would not be aired before my family and I had left Indonesia. However, the TV company did not keep its promise. They aired the program without informing me, and my family and I were then exposed to retribution from the people-smugglers, as well as those who collaborated with them.

Disregarding our verbal agreement, the TV company went ahead and aired the program showing our faces and names. Even though they knew that this would place my family and I in great danger, we were abandoned and had to flee for our lives to another part of Indonesia. Even so, the people smugglers found me and attacked me, stabbing me in the back as I fled from them. This has not only had an impact on my physical condition, but also upon my emotional and mental health.

I have been trying very hard to find pro-bono support, without success to find someone to represent me in Federal Court. However, I have now found a great lawyer, who is willing to represent me at cost and, due to my limited means, I need to ask friends and those who have a desire to ensure that justice is done, to help me in this task. Every cent will go to the lawyer to build my case for the Federal Court or if you have your own lawyers which could help me.

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