OpinionReaders' Letters

Held hostage on Manus and Nauru

My father was a refugee from Austria, accepted by New Zealand, where he met my mother.

My story is not so unusual. My father was always grateful to New Zealand for taking him in, for welcoming him.

I don’t blame the people on Manus and Nauru if they hate this country for using them as political pawns, for stealing four years of their lives.

My father left Austria with the intention of helping his mother in Vienna to escape persecution. He did that. Rescuing their families is what the men on Manus also want to do. Can you imagine the torture the two squalid major parties have put them through – warehousing them so they are absolutely unable to help their families they had to leave behind?

Stephen Langford – A member of Pitt Street Uniting Church and Socialist Alliance

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