The Truth Hurts: Facts and Stories about ‘Boat People’ and Asylum Seekers, The Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales . $3.00
We have heard of the publications, ‘Debunking Myths about Asylum Seekers’ and more recently ‘Debunking More Myths about Asylum Seekers’. These have now been published in a little booklet and each myth is further debunked by a short human story.
It is important for us who try to support and advocate on behalf of people living in detention centres and seeking asylum to ensure that these people do not become anonymous. The government has tried to keep them hidden and anonymous by keeping the media away from the detention centres. This has resulted in Australian people seeing these people as one amorphous group of ‘illegals’, ‘queue-jumpers’ and ‘potential terrorists’. In fact they are desperate people and families, who have names and often horrendous stories, who are seeking our protection, and who must resort to desperate actions to draw attention to their plight.
This booklet deserves to be publicised amongst our friends and contacts. Copies are available from the Centre for Refugee Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2502; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Claude Mostowik MSC