Very early in my life in Australia, I judged illegal immigrants. Why?
I wanted to get out of the country since I realised about my sexuality at the age of 15-16. I had written an email to the Dutch government, for which the response was to talk to human rights.
I arrived in Australia when I reached 30. A very different experience, my youth gone. I had no identification of self, niether in Australia nor in Sri Lanka. Hidden life in Sri Lanka, and disconnected life in Australia.
How dare they get into a boat, tell lies, and get here. When I sacrificed my youth to create my dream to be a reality.
I pay my respects to my brother in law, who argued with me, who said that I am a racist against my own race.
Over the first few years, I managed to escape to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, from Melbourne, away from Sri Lankans, Indians, and people from my region.
Healing happened in Sunshine Coast.
I returned to Melbourne at the age of 35, knowing I had to create my freedom here in the Big Smoke, being myself among people from my region.
Post healing, I understood, just like myself, each individual had their own reasons. I supported in my thoughts and prayers, those who had the Australian Dream, like myself, to create what ever they wanted.
My dream was freedom
අඩෝ!! Ado – A Sri Lankan TV Series telecasted by Sirasa TV. The story is a must watch for all Australians. I hope Sirasa TV can include sub titles, and we are able to watch it.
It gives a different perspective to Those Boat People.
My plea actually is not to the Australian Government, although a citizen of Australia , I cannot ask this Government to accept all Boat People. But, I hope we are somewhat kind to these individuals, who have crossed the seas risking everything.
My plea is to the Sri Lankan Government. As much as I loved my exposure and experience gained in Australia, and call Australia home quite patriotically, had my own country accepted me as legal, and gave me an experience of half the decency of my experience, I may never have decided to migrate! It is in your hands to make stop to people selling everything they own, risk their life, to jump on a boat, to be treated as Second Class Citizens!
May the Sri Lankan Government be directed to better the life experiences of Sri Lankans born and raised in Sri Lanka.
May the Australian Government be directed to be kind to such people, and work together with Sri Lankan government to provide the best outcome for the individual affected.
– Nim –