In 2 weeks, government support for released Medevac refugees will be withdrawn. You can help!
A year ago, a number of the Medevac refugees indefinitely detained at a Kangaroo Point hotel started to hang banners in peaceful protest with messages like “7 years too long”, “Where is Justice” and “No crime, 7 years in detention”. Local people soon joined them in a creative, socially distanced protest every Friday afternoon, followed by a 24 hour blockade, and many other rallies and protests.
Finally, last week, 50 of the KP120, as the men were known, were released from Kangaroo Point and the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA). The men were released on 6 month bridging visas, with no right to ongoing income or accommodation support, but with the right to work.
A range of community organisations and ordinary citizens are now working to raise funds, find homes, source employment and provide fellowship and support to the men who have been released. Clearly 8 years of detention in traumatic circumstances will have taken a toll on many. This support is desperately needed so the men can begin to heal from the torturous conditions of indefinite detention, both on and offshore.
You can help
This money will go directly to the men and any surplus will support local refugee charities who provide ongoing support. The goal is to raise $200 000 in the next couple of weeks as government support will be withdrawn in this time.
Share the link to this webpage via Facebook, Twitter, email - anywhere you can. The more we encourage our friends and networks personally – the more likely we will reach the target.
List available accommodation or other assistance you can offer via the Romero Centre.
Donate food or cash for go cards etc. to Indooroopilly Uniting Church Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support Group.
Make other offers of assistance by listing details on the How to get involved and help those recently freed form.
Due to the lack of ongoing income support, a big priority will be finding free or affordable accommodation, and sourcing employment. Any leads on possible jobs would be greatly valued.
More ways to help
You can contact your political representatives, you may want to support the Friday rallies 5-6pm organised by Refugee Action Collective, or the weekly Sunday afternoon faith vigils sponsored by Love Makes a Way 4.30-5.30pm and the large rally on Palm Sunday 12 noon Sunday 28 March.
The detained men have been vocal about how important this public presence is for giving them hope. The men who remain detained at KP and BITA are understandably distraught and despairing. They also need our prayers and support.