From Kabul to Canberra: Afghan refugees in Australia say they are being treated like animals | Canberra Times

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They lost their home and precious medals, were sprayed with tear gas and sprayed with water, lived in an overturned fruit stall without food for a week and managed to avoid a suicide bomber at Kabul airport. But Narges Hakimi, Mustafa Rasouli, and their three-year-old daughter Helen have escaped the clutches of the Taliban only to be treated, in their words, like animals in Australia. Last week, a traumatized family of three was moved from a one-bedroom apartment by its contracted service provider, the Australian Red Cross, to a caravan park in Canberra where they did not feel safe or welcome. “Not a good life, because a change of place. Here, I feel like an animal,” Narges Hakimi told the Canberra Times in broken English. “Because the Red Cross and other people speak very poorly.” Don’t focus on the Afghan people. “The family was among thousands of desperate people calling for freedom from Taliban control in August. They were initially evacuated to the US states, but three months later moved to Australia with the help of Canberra’s friend Sonia. The Canberra Times agreed to withhold her last name.” Mustafa and Nargis were on the Afghan National Cycling Team. Sonia explained that they only wanted to be able to ride, especially Nargis, “I got beaten up there just for riding a bike like being beaten in an inch of her life. She still has a headache.” They want to be able to raise their daughter in a community where she can go to school and get an education.” I think people who live [in the caravan park] Unfortunately, it is not appropriate to be around a young family and a three-year-old especially after the trauma they have been through. “Aside from the competitive riding, Ms. Hakimi designs clothes and has a diploma in electrical engineering, while Mr. Rasouli is a talented photographer. They burn medals and other sports memorabilia before leaving their home for the advancing Taliban.” When the Taliban come to Kabul very scared, very frightened, crying a lot, [like] Nargis said, “What happened?” A woman who does modeling. Cycling is prohibited. No exercise. No job. No friend. All you have to do is stay home, cook and hijab. “They are now refugees who are dealing with trauma and trying to start a new life in Australia. There are dozens of other refugee families in the caravan park which has a pub on site but no supermarket or basic food store. He moved from Kingston on Monday night without warning. There is confusion as to why, But the apartment manager told the Canberra Times he would ‘get them back quickly.’ The family’s current detachable little house in the caravan park has cockroaches, a leaky toilet and their daughter’s bed is an unsuitable bunk bed. ‘I fell last night,’ Ms Hakimi said. [have] Food, so yesterday no breakfast, no lunch. Last night four eggs. and rice. There is no bread. “There is no TV or Wi-Fi. They are only given a sim card. The family has a mini fridge, they have no money and they rely on Red Cross support staff for food. Sonia has rallied her friends to donate toys and bikes, they say calling the Red Cross Charged and choppy.Ms. Hakimi alleges that the support worker threatened her with the police after she suddenly arrived on Wednesday to get an undisclosed visa appointment.” Why fasting? widget and access [in] She said, “There is no food, physical food because if you leave a message for the case worker, the worker’s block number. Yes you don’t answer me. Lots of people, the Afghan block.” Afghan people don’t stay here. Find a home for themselves.” Sonia says threatening messages have arrived from Centrelink without translation which refugees cannot read without support. She says the under-resourced system is letting them down. “Unfortunately, I think they are overwhelmed by the number of Afghan refugees who are coming into their country,” she said. Australia.” “Obviously it was done very unexpectedly, so no one was able to prepare. But at the same time, I think that’s not good enough. Read more: “This family is lucky they have me and I’m not afraid to tell him how it is. But there are other families who don’t have one. And I worry about them.” More Afghan refugees are expected, and Sonya worries that Australia is not ready and that service providers are overwhelmed. “This is a worldwide crisis. It’s not just Australia and it’s not just Canberra. It’s happening in Sydney. It’s happening everywhere,” she said. More Afghan refugees have arrived and the way they are being held at the moment is unacceptable. “These people need to be treated with dignity, respect and kindness, especially after what they have been through. And I feel Australia is not ready to provide them with that.” The Home Office says that under the Humanitarian Settlement Program, refugees are provided with initial accommodation for 28 days until long-term housing is found. It says all evacuees are given immediate settlement support, while contracted service providers, such as the Red Cross, have long experience working with the new arrivals. In a statement, the Australian Red Cross said it had provided settlement services in the province since 2017. It supports 134 people in the province who have been evacuees from Afghanistan. “The Red Cross cannot comment on any particular clients without their consent due to privacy considerations,” said Annie Harvey, head of immigration support programs for the Red Cross, NSW and the ACT. “We welcome the public’s interest in this issue, which highlights the real struggles that exist for the settlement of refugees in adequate housing.” Our journalists work hard to bring up-to-date local news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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