Braidwood Times
Monday, 4 December 2023

Sunday ‘Circle of Silence’ for refugees

By Gill Burke
Updated August 30 2016 - 12:40pm, first published August 28 2016 - 7:14pm

Over fifty men, women and children gathered in Ryrie Park to bear silent witness in support and solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers. Brother Brian Berg from St Bede’s opened the gathering.  He read the poem ‘Everyone has the right to seek asylum’ by journalist Greg Foyster. Taken from lines in letters written by asylum seekers in detention it was a powerful and moving statement. The first part detailed reasons for fleeing home and country to try to come to Australia. The second part - detailing arrival and incarceration in offshore detention, was read by Wendy McMahon Bell. The poem ends ‘I am a human being/Please treat me like one’. The Circle then formed and silence fell.

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