JN Joniad: Refugees in Indonesia Part 1, Sen. Lidia Thorpe: Truth Telling and Treaty, Fundraising for Kabul, Evictions and rental stress, Sara El Sayed: Muddy People

Thursday, 19 August 2021 - 7:00am to 8:30am
Poster for Truth Telling and Treaty Circle event

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Petition calling on the release of pro-independence  and antiracism activist Victor Yeimo


This is the first part of a two-part interview with JN Joniad, where he speaks about his own experience of seeking asylum and becoming stranded in Indonesia, and the Australian government's complicity in this process. Joniad is a Rohingya journalist and journalism editor at the archipelago magazine. He is a student of political science and human rights activist. He was formerly an Engineering and Physics student in Myanmar, before being forced to flee to Indonesia. Joniad contributes to film and publishing accounts of refugees searching for a safe and durable solution. 


CONTENT WARNING: this segment includes some discussion of traumatic experiences endured while seeking asylum which may be distressing to listeners who are refugees or from refugee backgrounds. If you need to speak to someone about this, you can call Lifeline 24/7 Australia wide on 13 11 14. 


The Freedom Street documentary covers the story of Joniad and other refugees trapped in Indonesia due to Australia's border regime- donate to their fundraiser


We speak with Mariam, a clinical scientist and Afghan clothing and jewellery boutique owner, about her fundraising campaign to raise emergency funds for displaced families in Kabul, during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Mariam moved to Australia in 2001 on a humanitarian visa from Pakistan with her mother. 


Senator Lidia Thorpe is a DjabWurrung, Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman and The Greens Senator for Victoria. In 2017, she became the first Aboriginal woman in Victorian parliament. In 2020, she became the first Indigenous person to represent Victoria in federal parliament. This morning, she’s joining us on 3CR to talk about Treaty in light of incarceration rates and climate change, and to discuss the Truth Telling and Treaty Circle which is on this evening at 7pm. 


Eirene, Secretary of the Renters and Housing Union (RAHU), joins us to discuss a recent VCAT decision that ruled it lawful for renters to be evicted from their homes for unpaid rental debt accrued during the victorian eviction moratorium that ended in March this year. We will also discuss the ongoing rental stress and housing precarity of casualised workers and those on low incomes amid current lockdowns.


Sara El Sayed joins us to speak about her first book, Muddy People. Her work features in the anthologies Growing Up African in Australia and Arab, Australian, Other. She is a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship and was a finalist for the 2020 Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award. 



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