By Dawood Amiri
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00 am every day. The IOM officials had visited us when we were first brought in, and had told us that our food and health was their responsibility. So, once a week, IOM personnel would bring us fruit and biscuits (one orange, one banana, and two packets of cheap biscuits), and then they would leave. Nobody had any right to complain about this, since we were being held under the laws of the Republic of Indonesia. We were told to take care of our health and to not get sick, as the IOM could not afford to spend too much on us.
He was imprisoned in the immigration detention centre known as Rudenim Belawan in Medan City, at which stage I lost contact with him. After ten more days, I left Malaysia, too, hoping to reach Jakarta. I did not stop for any reason, and within two days I had crossed the sea. I stayed in Medan for 12 hours and then flew from Medan to Jakarta. This journey had been arranged by a people-smuggler, or agent. Each of the passengers, including me, paid $1,700 to the agent, Mohammad Ali Chotey. I arrived in Jakarta on 17 May 2010.
In 2010, 2011, and 2012, these street killings were big news all over the world, and the media reported on the plight of those refugees. For such Afghan families, Australia seemed like a golden choice for their survival. So nearly all the prisoners made up their minds to risk everything, and strive unto death, to reach Australia. Only very few people, a small percentage of the prisoners, would ever return to their homelands, and mostly for very serious reasons. None of us was worried about our own lives — only about the lives of our families and children — and that’s why the days, the hours, the minutes, and even the seconds passed in deep grief and stress.