Seven years ago ….
Back on December 18 I said while we wait I would share some of the details of what we have been through. Up until now I have been unable to post photos of details of why my husband was here in the first place due to fears for his safety. Now we have him relocated to a safer place I am taking the risk. I’ve also replaced our photo on the “About” page.
The injuries on his legs are not in the photo. 10 weeks of in-patient and out-patient treatment. Not enough for the Australian Government to grant protection though. I have personally met most of the men shown visiting my husband in this photo. My husband is safely relocated now, but I have pixelated the other faces as they are not. Yes, that is a hospital – just not a hospital as we know it.
My husband does sometimes suffer from memory loss or lapses. When he was here, those lapses were attributed to the trauma of being an asylum seeker. I wonder how much is actually the result of the head injuries suffered. We may never know the answer.
I think I have the right photo, but my husband is not here to confirm. If I remember correctly, this is the young man who was later killed in another incident, leaving young children and a widow. You can see the scars of previous incidents clearly.
The man who died instead of my husband.
How did all this come about? In summary, because my husband was standing for election as a councillor. Not a major political move, but he carried the family political history on his shoulders: his father’s enemies were now his enemies and they did not want him to build a political career. Better to silence him early on. You can see the t-shirt below being worn by his supporters in the hospital photo. Yes, I have the t-shirt. I had to smile at the duplicated line - very typical, not of my husband but of the prevailing attention to detail. Refer to The Wedding for those experiences of mine.