Friday, July 27, 2012

Found Some Photos

Today I was able to find photos of detention centres.

Yesterday I didn't look hard enough. Well, because I just looked up Villawood. Sorry about that.  I'm feeling stupid, negligent, and least in this instance.


Today I plugged Australian Detention Centre into the Flickr keyword thing.

The photos are from the Perth Immigration Detention Centre.  

I can't say I have 100% faith in the photos. The Flickr account belongs to the Australian government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship. I'd rather see something from an independent party.   But still. It's something, at least.

In the photos, the centres look very nice. It's like a hostel, not a concentration camp.

OUR house is a huge mess.  It's quite disgusting, actually.   There's dust. Toilets have rust stains.  There's clutter everywhere.

We live like this on a regular basis.  We're slobs.  But most guests to our house wouldn't know this.   When the threat of guests is imminent, we clean like maniacs and we shut certain doors.  

This could be the case with the detention centre. It might look awful on most days, and look great on picture day.

OR it could be nice everyday.

There are so many conflicting stories. It's hard to know what's what.

Anyway, I just looked and saw the government Flickr account has lots of sets and lots of photos.

I shall be looking at them.

After seeing these photos and reading all these different opinions, I'm back at square one.   I have no idea what to believe or which side I lean towards.    I think the only way I'd have confidence in my opinion is if I did one of those mystical body switch things.   If I could live the life of an asylum seeker— see what he's fleeing, see if the situation is absolutely that distressful, and then see what it's like in the detention centre. Then maybe I'd know the truth.  

Yet even then I wouldn't have the whole truth. One person's story might not be a good representation of all the stories out there.