The fantastic Patrick Harrison (@R_Trick) recently visited Ranjini at Villawood. He has posted a fantastic blog which gives an insight into the tragic condition she finds herself in – as well as an emotional account of his time with the young boys.
Patrick has kindly allowed us to reproduce part of his blog on this site:
“Her younger son is full of energy – he pulled me outside to play hide-and-seek, to build a tent out of the soccer goals, to try and fix his bike’s broken wheels. He is allowed out of the centre to go to a public school, where he is accompanied by a minimum of 3 Serco guards; they can visit parks, and once Clovelly Beach, but only after it’s been investigated and cleared by Serco. For now, though, he is still full of beans; he reminded me of the young boy at my neighbour’s house in Wollongong. But I know that growing up behind barbed wire has to be wearing on his mind. He made me promise to bring him a real tent the next time I visit.”
You can read the full blog on Patrick’s site.
I wanted to share this particular section because of the amazing spirit the boy shows despite being shown none of the justice he deserves. People like this, who are always able to retain their perspective and gratitude, are the kind of people this country needs. We should open our arms.
Thanks again to Patrick for the content, and please – if you haven’t already – take some time to write your local MP or Minister Bowen or AG Roxon. We’ve heard some promising responses from people who have – they need to know that we will not go away.
They can’t ignore us forever