Alicia Wood; 18/4/10
Ahmed Shab Aldoury has no one left. His parents were killed in a bomb blast that levelled his Baghdad house when he was 15 and he has been on the run ever since. Two weeks ago, Ahmed, 19, was detained in Villawood Detention Centre after travelling through Syria, Malaysia, Indonesia and Christmas Island. He became one of 40 Iraqis who held a week-long hunger strike after their applications for asylum were rejected by the Immigration Department. In 2008, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, ruled that Ahmed was a genuine refugee, and he was granted legal refugee status in Jakarta. Now he is urging the Australian government to allow him to stay. ”If they send me back to Iraq, they send me dead,” he told The Sun-Herald last week… He said he would have preferred to arrive in Australia legally but, after waiting two years in Indonesia, he met many legal refugees who had been waiting more than nine years to be resettled in Australia.