For many people, there’s nothing merry about Christmas Island.
Not for the survivors of the boat that crashed there. Not for the people who are held in detention there after fleeing their own persecution. Whether they celebrate Christmas or not (there are people of many faiths held in detention) there won’t be anything happy about the holidays they’ll spend on Christmas Island.
There are current 629 asylum seekers in detention on the island.
There are 4223 men, women and children asylum seekers in detention around Australia.
This video is an extremely haunting reminder of that simple fact. If you doubted the human impact of the tragedy of detention and the ship that was wrecked there, watch this. We challenge you not to be affected.
Merry Christmas indeed.