We say we won’t take them back because it will risk Australian lives. But is it tolerable to risk the lives of Syrian people?
As the horror that was the Islamic State collapses, there are approximately 800 fighters, 600 women and 1,200 children being detained in Syrian camps. It’s difficult to say how many of them are Australian. It is estimated that 70 children born to Australian nationals are in the displacement camps.
There are men such as Mohammed Noor Masri and Mahir Absar Alam begging to have themselves and their families bought home to Australia, and there are numerous women and children who face destitution and potential death if they are left to the turmoil of conflict zones. It is important to be cognisant that refugee camps can be some of the most dangerous places in the world.