|Mehdi is a refugee being held indefinitely in an immigration detention centre in Melbourne. The same one that tennis champion Djokovic was held in this week due to failing to meet the country's entry requirements - proof of double vaccination.
Mehdi fled from Iran to Australia aged 15; he's been held in various detention centres for the last 9 years. Yet when Djokovic's detention hit headlines, reporters swarmed to the site, shining light on the conditions of the detainees.
“They are keeping him like a prisoner,” Djokovic's mother said in a press conference, "it's not fair, it's not human" - a sentiment shared by Mehdi and, I am sure, countless other refugees.
|Yet it seems much of public attention began and ended with the tennis star - see Nigel Farage.
Released after four nights, reporters disappeared from the site. While jubilant Djokovic fans celebrated, refugee advocates remain indignant. Occasionally they would chant “free them all” but mostly they stood in a solemn silence, The Guardian reports.
The Nationality and Borders Bill threatens to align the UK with Australian border policies in a devastating move that would criminalise asylum seekers arriving by sea.