Village of Tears

Village of Tears Lebanese officials are blaming Australia for the deaths of 39 asylum seekers in a boat sinking off Indonesia last week. In their village of Qabeit, locals are mourning the deaths of 18 men, women and children.
The anger and despair felt by this small community is shown in the words of local leader Sheik Ali Khoder: "Listen, Australia. The boat sought help and rescue. The coastguard kicked the boat out and told them 'Go back to where you came from'. Shame on you". A family who lost 9 of its members explains how poverty forced them to look to Australia despite the "perilous journey". One bewildered survivor asks, "Just tell us why they didn't rescue us".

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more info see our Cookies Policy