Friday, November 27, 2009

Success Story

Hey Campaigners - this is just a nice reminder from Graham Thom, AIA's refugee coordinator, as to why we do what we do:

Hi all,

This time last year I was on the Syria/Iraq border meeting Palestinian refugees who had fled the violence in Iraq. Less than 3000 people were trapped in 3 horrible camps in the middle of the desert. We were able to convince the Australian government to look at this group and I have just heard that 10 families will be arriving in Perth on Thursday next week!! Another 6 families will be arriving soon.

The families are from the Al Hol camp in the north of Syria. Three hundred people, a third of them children (see photo), have been trapped in this camp for nearly 4 years, in often extreme conditions. While resettlement has occurred out of the other two camps, to the USA and Europe, this is the first time serious numbers of people have been taken from the Al Hol camp. When I was there a year ago the families felt they had been abandoned and forgotten so no doubt they will be overjoyed to be on their way to Australia.

This is a great example of what Amnesty International can achieve and the real difference we can make. Well done everyone!

Hope you all have a great weekend,


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