This has been a difficult year for us all, but especially hard on the many vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers like Aliya and her family, who have spent 2020 fearful that they could be forced to return to places where their lives would be in grave danger.
Rohingya Muslims Aliya and her husband Mohammad were forced to flee for their lives after their neighbours were murdered and their village in Myanmar was burned down. They spent their life savings on a terrifying boat journey to Australia in search of a life free from fear and persecution for their three young children. But instead of the peace they were seeking, the family was held in a detention centre for two years.
Eight years on, Aliya and Mohammad have been left deeply traumatised by their continuing fight to remain in Australia, terrified to this day that they might be returned to the horror they left behind.
Thanks to donations in the past, the small legal team here at RAILS was able to assist the family to successfully apply for a Temporary Protection Visa. But they will need to reapply in 2021, and unless we are able to raise enough funds, our small legal team may not be able to help them and many other desperate refugees as much as they need.
Here at RAILS, we are determined to do all we can, but we face a very big case-load. If we are to succeed in our efforts to provide free legal support to all refugees who need it, then we need all who read these words to please donate a gift to help us build a powerful fund for justice this Christmas.
We urgently need more resources, but the good news is that, thanks to a very generous supporter, Presentation Congregation Queensland, whatever you donate before Christmas will be doubled in value up to a total of $20,000.
Everyone deserves to live free from violence and fear, especially refugees who have fled their homelands and risked everything in hope of safety here in Australia. If you agree, then please donate today – and help get 2021 off to the positive start that we all long to see.
*As Aliya and Mohammad’s legal battle for protection in Australia is ongoing, we are protecting their safety by changing their names and aspects of their story. Thank you for your understanding and support.