SIEV X 3e - 'The ship of death'


‘The ship of death’

The SIEV X memorial. Pictured are a series of white poles of varying heights emerging from a grassy park. The poles have small drawings wrapped around them.

[imagecaption] Poles leading to the south in the SIEV X Memorial, Canberra, 2014. Photo: Nick D. [/imagecaption]


‘They gave us no right to travel, and no right to bring our families to Australia … In Syria my family was facing economic pressures and were in danger as illegal refugees there. I was in Australia under pressure of a temporary protection visa. My family and I felt trapped and blocked and there seemed to be no solution but that they face the same fate as me.

They boarded the ship of death on their way to Australia. They left my life without a farewell; they went forever without return; we did not embrace, we could not say a final goodbye to each other.

They were gone without trace. Nowhere to visit them, when I miss them or when I want to talk to them, or buy them gifts and toys to play with. They have gone under the ocean. They did not find freedom in the place they went to. This is the folly of politics and rulers everywhere.’

Mohammad Hashim Abo Roma, reflecting on the anniversary of the SIEV X sinking


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