"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Undercover journalists publish firsthand account of asylum seeker journey to Australia.

This is gripping :

'An undercover journalist has detailed how he and a photographer posed as asylum seekers and took an epic journey from Afghanistan's shady currency markets to Jakarta and on to a flimsy open-decked wooden boat that delivered 57 desperate people to Christmas Island.'

Via Metafilter : http://www.metafilter.com/133886/From-Afghanistan-to-Christmas-Island

(On a similar theme, 'La Pirogue' is being premiered tomorrow - http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/events/145038692/ . 'Acclaimed at the recent Cannes Film Festivals as one of the most important works to come out of Francophone African cinema in the last year, it tells the harrowing tale of an attempted boat journey from West Africa to the Spanish territory of the Canary Islands.')

I also can't help but think of BritCits member Aisha's story as publicised here : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/aisha-my-partner-and-i-met-in-august.html .
I do understand thought that there are some positive developments with this family - and that all is well.

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