Priya has two officials, one on either arm, telling her “it’s going to be fine” as her two daughters are crying in distress just metres away from her.
“My baby crying,” she tells them.
“My hand so painful,” Priya informs the officials, as they suggest she “just relax”.
Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, four-years-old, and Tharunicaa, two, are being deported.
The family was loaded into seperate vans, before being taken on a private charter plane.
The vision sees Priya refuse to get on the plane, before she is dragged by officials as she howls in protest. Her kids are screaming.
“We hear about deportation and the threat asylum seekers face all the time, we are almost desensitised to it,” journalist Waleed Aly said before the footage played.
“Usually, it’s in reference to nameless faceless people, but these are those people, and this is exactly what deportation looks like.”
While the plane was en-route to Sri Lanka on Thursday night, it was forced to land in Darwin as a Federal court judge granted a last-minute temporary order to stop the Tamil family from being deported.
The two-year-old daughter had never had her claim for a protection visa assessed, and hence Federal Court Judge Mordy Bromberg extended the injunction on Friday.
The family’s legal team say only the youngest daughter is protected under the injunction and the rest of her family could be legally deported, but their lawyer Carina Ford said Australia would be condemned if the family was split up.