Article about us/ Afghanistan recently published in our local newspaper. The point we were trying to make is twofold:
1. Australian is wasting a lot of money sending refugees to Pacific islands AND is looking dangerously like a racist, mean-spirited country in doing so AND probably leaves Australia open to charges of breaching international covenants to which it is a signatory. It would be far cheaper, better for the nation’s job market, generally more humane AND morally right to allow a long term (say 10 year) significant increase in refugee quota from selected countries. Grow up Australia! There are refugees in the world! Europe and America have been dealing with this reality for centuries, and are the better for it.
2. Growing up in, and living in a place like Afghanistan builds all kinds of good things into a person. A sense of mission, meaning, justice, global-mindedness, integrity between faith and life, a sense of what is important, opportunity to contribute and to care. Of course there are some security risks too. But growing up in Australia can be a real danger to a person’s moral development. And there are still security risks. Who’s to say Afghanistan is such a crazy choice of place to live?