Amnesty International and all #GameOver partners have been working tirelessly to establish precedents for safe, long-term and sustainable resettlement options for refugees.
Although there is work to be done, we have been making progress. In May 2020, resettlement began for refugees destined for the United States. When we started the campaign to get people to safety in November 2019, 612 people were detained offshore, today, that number is less than 250.
And in Australia, people power is working! Since January this year, over 100 refugees have been released from onshore detention.
Among those released is Mostafa “Moz” Azimitabar, a courageous voice of the #GameOver campaign, who was Medevac’d to Australia at the end of 2019 for urgent medical care and has been in detention ever since.
“This is the most beautiful moment of my life… after 2,737 days locked up in detention – I am free.
“Thank you to all of the amazing people who helped me to stay strong.
“If I am able to obtain my freedom, there should be the opportunity for the others seeking asylum to have their freedom as well. Until all of us are free, none of us are truly free.”
This is heartening progress and shows that the Government is feeling the pressure, but we need to keep it up.
Adam is from Darfur, Sudan. A supporter of Liverpool, Adam used to love playing the game growing up and those are some of his fondest memories. He was stranded in PNG for over 7 years. All he wanted was his freedom so he could rebuild his life, and now he has it. In May, Adam was resettled in the US, finally escaping a chapter of his life he never should have had to endure.
Ezatullah is a world-champion kickboxer, with an incredible desire to make something of his life. Ezatullah was Pakistan’s youngest kickboxing champion but was forced to flee. Earlier this year, he won a world title bout, despite being stuck in Port Moresby where he trained alone. In June, Ezatullah was resettled in the US and now has the freedom to pursue his dream. Ezatullah Kakar. Don’t forget that name.
Papi is a massive soccer fan and even a coach. While in community detention in Port Moresby, Papi met his partner and had a child, Cyrus. Cyrus suffers from multiple medical issues and does not have access to the facilities required in Papua New Guinea to make sure he can lead a healthy and happy life.
In September, Papi and his family were resettled together in the United States, and there are organisations on the ground ready to assist Papi in making sure Cyrus gets the help he needs. We’re sure Papi will coach Cyrus’s team.