Community rallies around Ethiopian woman facing deportation
Anglican church parishioners in Melbourne’s inner south have launched a desperate campaign to stop the deportation of Ethiopian woman Yeshiwork Abrha, who fears she will be killed if the federal government sends her home.
Last week, The Age reported on Ms Yeshiwork’s desperate bid to stay in Australia. She says she faces certain incarceration or worse if she is forced to leave the country.
Ms Yeshiwork had been ordered to report to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection last Thursday, after failing in her bid for a protection visa, and having pleas for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene ignored. Then, the department extended her bridging visa for seven days to give her time to prepare her travel documents to leave.