This picture was drawn by a five-year old Tamil asylum seeker, living in residential detention, and submitted via one of the detention home workers.
The following statement was submitted with the picture:
At the time [of doing the drawing] she was 5. Still in detention, will probably be until she turns 18 or is sent home to her parents (refoulement). They couldn’t afford to pay the people smugglers, so borrowed from a loan shark. This means that both mum and dad are working hard to pay back the loan and couldn’t leave the country. The boat ride was traumatic, she was squished under other people for most of the journey. She came with siblings, also young, but no adult. Drawing made just after release from closed detention.
Shared with permission.