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  1. "He only realised his wife Gulbano and infant sons had followed him from their Afghan village when he saw them on television in November last year as they were rescued from a sinking boat by an Australian navy vessel."

    You didn't know? - Really? - I mean, rooly trooly cross your heart & hope to die? Swear on the Koran? - Nah don't bother with the Koran bit - I often do that.

    "Members of a Shi'ite minority, he fears taking his wife and two young children to face an uncertain future in Afghanistan where he believes they will suffer persecution at the hands of the largely Sunni population."

    Maybe we can let all of the Afghani Shi'ite minority into Australia - to save them from the Sunni's.





    The Australian
    Edition 1 - All-round CountryTUE 17 DEC 2002, Page 005

    Reunited Family Fights To Remain.
    By Victoria Laurie


    FOR three years Abdul Nawa endured a fantastic journey from his Afghan village to Australia; but now it seems his effort may be in vain if he and his family are forced to return.

    Members of a Shi'ite minority, he fears taking his wife and two young children to face an uncertain future in Afghanistan where he believes they will suffer persecution at the hands of the largely Sunni population.

    The Australian Government yesterday offered $2000 per person to encourage Afghan asylum-seekers to return to their homeland.

    In recent weeks, many have also received letters from the Immigration Department asking them to explain why they should be allowed to remain once their visas expire.

    "Please tell (Immigration Minister) Mr (Philip) Ruddock I will pay $4000 to leave my family here,'' Mr Nawa said yesterday.
    "My life is in danger in Afghanistan -- he knows that.''

    Mr Nawa spent a year in Port Hedland detention centre after arriving in Australia by boat from Indonesia.
    He only realised his wife Gulbano and infant sons had followed him from their Afghan village when he saw them on television in November last year as they were rescued from a sinking boat by an Australian navy vessel.
    The frantic father tracked the trio down to Christmas Island, then to Nauru -- where Gulbano, six-year-old Mehdi and three-year-old Abuzar were detained until October.

    Now reunited in Australia, the family is facing a new struggle to stay. They are among thousands of Afghan temporary protection visa holders -- including at least 450 in Western Australia -- who are mostly ethnic Hazaras and are likely to be asked to go home in coming months.

    The Human Rights Watch has appealed to the Government not to force already accepted refugees to reapply for asylum when their visas expire. "Given the deeply unstable situation in Afghanistan it is extremely worrying that individuals, including unaccompanied children, are expected to justify their need for continued refuge in this way,'' the group said.

    Refugee advocate Rosemary Miller works for the Perth-based Centre for Advocacy Support and Education, which is supporting about 130 people, such as Mr Nawa, with their visa renewal applications.
    "Our advice is it isn't safe, especially in areas outside Kabul,'' she said.
    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says more than 5 million people in Afghanistan require humanitarian assistance.


    Caption: Fantastic journey: Mr Nawa with wife Gulbano and sons Mehdi, left, and Abuzar at their home in Woodland, Perth, yesterday Picture: Ross Swanborough

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