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Concern high over baby Asha

Carlie Walker is amazed how some people react to the protection of a refugee child.
Carlie Walker is amazed how some people react to the protection of a refugee child.

IT'S terrifying to see how truly selfish some people are.

In a Brisbane hospital, a baby named Asha was treated for burns for an accident on Nauru, where her parents live in a refugee processing centre.

Loathe to send her back to a place where numerous horrifying events are alleged to have happened - including rapes, sexual abuse and regular suicide attempts - the staff at the hospital made the decision not to discharge her until a suitable home can be found for the baby and her parents.

Reading the comments on the stories that followed, especially those about protesters who gathered at the hospital in support of the child and her family, I couldn't help but reflect how a sense of privilege and self-entitlement seemed to have crept into the Australian way of thinking.

The main concern seemed to surround the possibility that an Australian child - much more worthy of treatment and care than this young refugee, it seemed - might be missing out on something because she was taking up a bed.

The fear remains even though staff at the hospital say that isn't so.

It's funny how some seriously seem to believe that we are more deserving because of an accident of birth.

Topics:  asha, hospital, refugee



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