This is an interview with a friend of mine who I worked with just over a decade ago. Since then he joined the Australian Department of Immigration and was director of offshore processing in a detention centre in Christmas Island in 2010 when one of the boats carrying refugees from Iraq and Iran capsized and 48 people died:
In 2013 he left the DoI after becoming disillusioned with the increasingly draconian immigration policy and the dehumanisation of detainees, and since then has been working with refugees and discussing issues related to immigration and communication between faith groups. This latest initiative aims to provide a sailing program for youth at-risk and for refugees and new migrants, while building a team that will compete in the Sydney to Hobart race this December. The team will be made up of 8-10 asylum seekers and four experienced sailors. (Greg is the guy on the far left of the photo).
He wrote an article a year ago which highlights some of the self-justification he was able to achieve as a Christian in that situation. It’s written for a Christian readership, but it’s still an interesting perspective in a number of ways.