He sat there in the shadows just inside the entrance to the prison block,
Thin and black, he was hard to make out in the dark.
He sat there patiently waiting.
He was being transported ashore for medical treatment.
All the other refugees had been transferred over onto a naval boat and he
His knees were touching the way a schoolboy’s might waiting outside a principal’s office for punishment,
He sat there in the dark all alone.
Most of the people he had met in the two days he had spent onboard the Ocean Protector had been wearing guns and other weapons like tasers and pepper spray.
He must have been very afraid.
When he came out between the two customs officers he did not reach their
He went into the boat with the officers and the doctor.
And the bridge gave them a sweeping lee as we lowered away and the fast boat backed off the ship’s side and swung its bow into the low choppy swell and headed for the ancient red brow of Darwin’s shoreline.
— Ciaran MacLennan
He has been flown to Princess Alexandra hospital in Brisbane from Nauru.
There is a precedent for transferring the sick to hospital from off-shore. Another man with kidney failure was flown to the PA hospital earlier.
WHY was OMID NOT TRANSFERRED earlier?
There is no precedent in Australia for blatantly watching a man die for political reasons.
Margaret Thatcher watched Bobby Sands Die in 1981.
“Article 14” by Tony Mockeridge
The British treated the Irish with the same venom as many in Australia including our political leaders direct to asylum seekers.
Don’t let them get away with it.
RING AND FAX and email the following NOW please .
Most of the politicians listed in the table have indicated a level of support for asylum seekers, seem to be predisposed to policies which protect the rights of asylum seekers ( with a couple of obvious exceptions)
[Editor’s Note: Much of this info was supplied on 26 November 2012 by Pamela Curr – ASRC Melbourne (I have made a couple of updates from info supplied by RAC) — Ian Curr 3 Dec 2012] For more details see
Omid (Persian: امید, meaning “Hope”)