“Omid, detained on Nauru, has been on hunger strike for 36 days and has now been taken to hospital. Suffering internal organ damage, he is now close to death.

The only ‘refugee problem’ is that faced by refugees. As a refugee you are forced into a situation which is impossible to exist in a world which does not allow you to exist.

With not even a single square metre of land on the planet where you can stand without fear of being attacked, imprisoned or expelled from where you seek safety.

Having to exist in a world which does not permit your existence. In this impossible situation people are forced to either die or fight hard against global systems which serve the greed of corporations and the self-interest of politicians, systems which would see people (all of us!) and our families dead.When stripped of all rights and agency people will exercise their power through the only thing over which they maintain control- their bodies. Some, such as Omid, are forced to use their death as a statement of their right to exist.
It doesn’t need to be this way. It isn’t supposed to be this way.

We all have a right to be safe.
We all have the right to be free.
We all have the right to exist.

AZADI. Free the refugees!”

This was written by Marcus Roberts, one of the many Australians moved by the plight of asylum seekers at Nauru.