Juma Jahfari | March 16, 2013
Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
Look in the atlas and you will find it there,
We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.
Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there is no place for us, my dear, yet there is no place for us. (sources)
It is not an adventureous journey that the asylum seekers take the risk to seek asylum in Australia. This is not fun as the sailors do while sailing a boat. It is their bad fortune that they don’t have peace in their country because of the politics of politicians who have jeopardized not only Afghanistan but also the whole world, who have snatched the rights of their freedom and the right of living in a peaceful life. They have the rights to seek asylum in a peaceful country either in Australia, Canada, or Europe etc.
The people who are called “boat people” instead of their beautiful names never flee their home country by their own choice if they have peace in their country. They are compelled to flee their country either it is because of the genocide killing of their ethnicity, religious believes, or substantial discrimination. Most of these Afghan asylum seekers who have fled and are seeking asylum in Australia, are from Hazara ethnicity. It is as clear as crystal, and have been the headlines of every newspaper of the world, “Protest against Genocide Killing of Hazara”. Hazaras’ History has been written by their own blood by the help of the quell of all cruel rulers of Afghanistan in the past where Hazaras have been always the victim of substantial discrimination,injustice, inhumanity…
Hazaras have always been in the darkness, as a blind person is, and now our people have found a sign of hope, a hope for life, a source of light in the darkness, a peaceful shore with its sound waves to seek asylum in Australia.
Today, I am really very happy that I am living in Australia such peaceful country, and also thankful to the government of Australia who has not only given me protection but also my human rights as to others. Hope Australian government will not deport my Hazara brothers to Kabul, Afghanistan, where they face treat, danger because of Taliban in Afghanistan. I am a proud Hazara Afghan Australian. I will serve my nation and defend my country (Australia) till the end of the journey of my life.
By: Juma Jahfari