“The scars of mandatory detention”. (from ABC Radio)

Jamila Jafari was 5-years-old when her family, from the minority Hazaras, fled Afghanistan.

They ended up in Woomera detention centre in South Australia. She witnessed one of the most dramatic chapters in Australia’s refugee policy – the 2002 Australia Day riots.

Now 21, Jamila Jafari has told her story in a new book called They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention.

Caution. Parts of the testimony on this audio are very disturbing.

from this link.


2 thoughts on ““The scars of mandatory detention”. (from ABC Radio)

  1. I hope we’re not going to put them in detention; like longer than a couple months.

  2. The video available at this link isn’t working for me visually, but the sound is. And there is the article.

    “If implemented, this expansion in immigration detention would be the fastest and largest in our country’s history,” says Andrew ….


    The plans for the expansion reflect the Trump administration’s planned overhaul of U.S. policy for dealing [with] women and children seeking asylum, thousands of whom continue to show up at the southern border fleeing violence, vengeance and sexual assault in Central America.

    Under the plan under consideration, DHS would break from the current policy keeping families together. Instead, it would separate women and children after they’ve been detained – leaving mothers to choose between returning to their country of origin with their children, or being separated from their children while staying in detention to pursue their asylum claim.


    According to the meeting notes, [Asylum Division Chief John …] also told staffers that the division has to commit more resources to border detention facilities, that officials plan to oversee facility expansion and the opening of new facilities, and that the division is currently working with Congress to get additional funding to pay for the expansion.

    The plan, along with other changes made to immigration policy in the early days of the Trump administration, has caused controversy inside the Asylum Division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is [within] DHS. A source inside the division, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of losing their job, said, “It’s been one alarming thing after another.”




    It was precisely such a massive expansion of privately[-]managed[*] immigrant detention that Wall Street investors appeared to anticipate when, upon Trump’s election victory, they sent the stock price of several private prison companies, including CCA, surging as high as 60%.

    [* In other words, the functioning is contracted out for profit, not directly managed by government.
    There is also use of this kind of system for domestic incarceration, and it has been found corrupt.]

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