Reza Berati - 1991-2014
Imagine you had to leave your country because the economic sanctions imposed made it too hard to stay, with your family, your friends. Imagine you left after you graduated high school. Maybe a couple years later. 23. Imagine all the potential, the dreams you have for a better life in a country that is supposed to offer asylum. A country which is actually complicit in the severe sanctions on your homeland and instead locks you up, on a third-party nation. Imagine to then be told that you will never settle in Australia. You’ll be settled on PNG. Imagine the incessant mosquitoes, the searing heat, a tent and the rags they’ve allow you to keep as your only protection. Imagine being, or seeing others, harassed by guards because their children are sick, they’re sick. They feel like they’re going to die there. Imagine then being told, mockingly, that you will never be settled in PNG. Imagine being attacked, the people you suffer with, being attacked for being forced into a concentration camp on a nation which had to be paid off to agree. Imagine being murdered at 23 after suffering through conditions you were placed in by a country which aggravates conflict abroad and then punishes those who try to escape. Australia left his life, efforts, hopes and dreams decimated. His death too, then, can’t be in vain or we can be assured that there will be more Reza Beratis and more blood spilled.