Friday, December 24, 2010
Who must be responsible for the death of asylum-seekers ?
Since Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded by the United States and its allies several years ago, their people have been facing never ending problems forcing many of them to seek asylum in other countries..
One of the destination for the asylum-seekers is Australia, a country with a land area of more than three times the size of Indonesia yet with a population of less than one tenth of Indonesia.
Unfortunately, in spite of its full support for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the government of Australia has been very reluctant to receive those asylum-seekers. This has caused some tragic accidents..
According to The Australian, there were at least five asylum seekers' boats sailing from Indonesia to Australia that were missing since 2008.
And last week, a boat carrying 90 asylum-seekers from Iran, Iraq and Kurdistan crash landed on the rocks of Christmas Island, Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was quoted by ABC as saying that the number of dead people could hit 50.
Considering the above, I wonder who should be responsible for those tragic accidents and deaths :
1) The asylum seekers themselves ? who insisted on going to Australia although they know they were not wanted there. Or
2) The Indonesian government ? who have let those people sail to Australia although they know that they were not wanted there. Or
3) The Australian government ? who always refused to receive them and always drove them away.
Photo : Courtesy of ABC.