Perpetual Insecurity 12b - A friend lost


A friend lost


[imagecaption] Khodayar’s empty bed, 2015.  Photo: Khodayar’s former housemate. [/imagecaption]


‘He was a good cook…I did not believe he died when I heard about him on the news. All night, I lay in my bed in one side and tilted my head towards his empty bed, hoping he would walk every minute to sleep on his bed as usual. But he never did.’

Khodayar Amini’s friend and former roommate 

Khodayar Amini was a 29 year old Hazara man from Afghanistan, who had arrived in Australia by boat in 2012 in search of protection. After 5 months in detention, he was released on a bridging visa without the right to work, travel or study. In 2014, he was re-detained for 11 months following a dispute with the Department of Transport, Travel and Motoring in South Australia. He was again released on a bridging visa, this time more acutely aware of his vulnerable status in the community.


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