I continue to be alarmed and concerned at the lack of information that our Governments deems appropriate for us as its citizens, to be given over its treatment, in our name, of the thousands of women, children and men who are asylum seekers on our shores.
I want to know from the Government, if they are doing these things in my name as they claim, what it is that is being done to our sisters and brothers from other countries that is heaping punishment and retribution far outweighing the depth of any perceived crime they’ve committed by daring to seek refuge on our shores?
Our treatment of this humanitarian issue has been cruelly politicised and deliberately reframed to increase our fear of the ‘other’. And I agree with those who say the issue is complex, but there is a simplicity, too about the issue, which speaks to our ability to look at our fears, and deliberately choose to continue to see other people as human beings like us. As a consequence, we cannot and should not turn our faces away when there is such a need. We need to find a different way to respond to this issue as the current one is shameful in spirit and in action.
This issue calls for us to be better diplomats, better citizens of the world, engaging globally and locally, without doing more damage to our neighbours and their own communities in the region. Treating us as though we were either fearful or foolish or both, is never a good strategy and we deserve better from our Governments of all persuasions.
Rev’d Dr Lucy Morris, CEO