Below is some of Sam's artwork from his time on Nauru:
Sam arrived on Christmas Island by boat in July 2013 as an unaccompanied minor. He was immediately placed in immigration detention. Authorities quickly assessed him to be deserving of refugee status, defined as facing a “well founded fear of persecution” if returned to Iran. In August 2019 he was medically evacuated from Nauru to Australia and hospitalised. When he was discharged from hospital he was again incarcerated in a detention centre in Australia.
Why we’re asking for your donation:
We’re raising funds to send Sam to Canada for safe resettlement through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program. Before an application can be submitted, sponsors must confirm there are sufficient funds to support an individual for the first 12 months of life in Canada ($16,500 CAD minimum). We have built a resettlement team of volunteers in Canada, many of them Australians, who are committed to helping him build a new life.
Funds raised from this fundraiser will be pooled into a general resettlement fund managed by the Refugee Council of Australia and MOSAIC, one of the largest resettlement organisations in Canada. Sam’s application will be supported out of this general fund, with $16,500 CAD to be held in trust on his behalf and disbursed to him after his arrival. In the unlikely event that Sam’s application is denied or withdrawn for any reason, funds will be reallocated to other Manus and Nauru refugees seeking resettlement in Canada. Any funds raised above $16,500 CAD will be used to support other Manus and Nauru applications out of the general fund.
Who Are We?
This initiative is a joint project between the Ads-Up Refugee Network, The Refugee Council of Australia and MOSAIC, in conjunction with other local and international partners. The Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network (SCRAN) in Australia are also coordinating fundraising efforts for Sam.
Volunteers from SCRAN include Gabby Sutherland and Gillian Duffy. Gabby first met Sam when she was a teacher on Nauru for Save the Children. She says he is a gentle young man who used to enjoy art and music, but has lost interest in them after years in detention.