We used to be better than this – Loreto

“We used to be better than this”

Speaking passionately about our treatment of refugees Tim Winton said “we used to be better than this” reminding his listeners of Australians opening their arms to the thousands of Vietnamese who came as refugees after the Vietnam War. Why have we become so unwelcoming?

Faced with the plight of the Rohingyas, a persecuted minority from Myanmar, denied citizenship, prevented from attending school and used as slave labour, floating abandoned in the Andaman Sea, the Australian government refused to have any part in responding to their needs. It was the compassionate response of Acehnese fishermen towing the abandoned boats to shore that galvanized Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia into action but failed to move the hearts of the Australian government…

Read the full article: World Refugee Week – Loreto

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