Nguyen Minh Quyet and Family

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Father-of-2 Nguyen Minh Quyet was the skipper of the boat intercepted by Australian authorities on 21 July 2015 off the coast of Western Australia. He was among 46 asylum seekers flown back to Vietnam where he received a 2-year sentence. During his time in jail, however, he lost his ability to walk, and remains too traumatised to speak of what happened to him.

Initially released to be cared for by his wife, Pham Thi Thu Thanh, who could thus no longer work as a labourer, he was nevertheless expected to return to prison to complete his sentence. In November 2016, while receiving medical treatment in hospital, he was taken from his bed back to jail where he receives no care at all. As a result, his legs have worsened, and we now strive to assist his wife to buy medication for him, as well as helping to support his two children, aged 12 and 14, and his elderly father-in-law, who also lives with the family.

“The prison officer told me to buy medicine for him,” his wife said, “but I told him we don’t even have enough money to eat”.

For more information please see www.gofundme.com/careforthechildren and https://newmatilda.com/2016/10/15/saving-the-world-one-life-at-a-time/

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I am a writer and editor, passionate about helping refugees and about exploring the challenges life throws at us through my writing. A former journalist, I previously worked in publishing and taught French to university students. I am a member of Supporting Asylum Seekers Sydney (SASS) and have also served on the board of my children’s school for the past 13 years, including three terms as vice-president. My work has appeared in online and print publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Independent Australia, New Matilda, Eureka Street, Jewish Literary Journal, The Forward and Online Opinion. I can be contacted at sebban@tpg.com.au Tôi là nhà văn/nhà báo, và cũng là chủ bút. Với nhiệt tâm muốn giúp đỡ cho người tị nạn và tìm hiểu sâu xa hơn về những khó khăn trong cuộc sống mà chúng ta phải đương đầu qua những bài viết của tôi. Là một cựu phóng viên, trước đây tôi từng cho phát hành các ấn phẩm và đã từng dạy môn Pháp ngữ cho sinh viên đại học. Tôi là thành viên của Tổ chức Giúp đỡ Người Tầm Trú Sydney (Supporting Asylum Seekers Sydney, SASS); và trong 13 năm qua, tôi cũng là thành viên trong ban đại diện hội phụ huynh học sinh của trường các con tôi học, với ba nhiệm kỳ làm phó chủ tịch. Những bài viết của tôi được đăng trên báo và trên trang mạng của những tờ báo như The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Independent Australia, New Matilda, Eureka Street, Jewish Literary Journal, The Forward and Online Opinion. Để liên lạc với tôi, xin gởi email đến địa chỉ sebban@tpg.com.au

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