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On 23 October 2001 Australians first became aware of the horrific sinking of the asylum seeker vessel we now know as SIEVX with the loss of over 350 lives. There are many questions not fully answered about the circumstances of the sinking.

Thanks to Edward Lear & The Jumblies for the line 'they went to sea in a sieve' & to Tony Kevin and his website for confirmation of the story.

SIEV =Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel
UBA = Unauthorised Boat Arrival

 

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SIEVX

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea,
And some call them queue-jumpers, and some say refugee.
Who will tell their story now if its not you and me?
They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea.

Wives and children took the chance to become a UBA,
They paid their fare to freedom from South Sumatra Bay.
The papers told of those who found this was their only way.
They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea.

Abu Quassey set the price that Sondas gladly paid,
To join her husband Ahmed in the plans that they had made.
She could not guess the twisted web, the trap that had been laid.
They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea.

Abu knew the overloaded boat was bound to fail,
Police with guns ensured that Sondas and her girls would sail,
Governments must share the blame for lives lost in this tale.
They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea.

I say that there are none so blind as those who let things be,
The Navy’s eyes were blind that day to any refugee
And smoke and mirrors hid the scheme that stained the Java sea
They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea.

The boat capsized inside the Zone some struggled and survived,
But only 44 were left when the rescue boat arrived
And Sondas told the story of the desperate and deprived.
They went to sea in a sieve they did in SIEVX they went to sea.

Her weary arms gave up their load, their precious burden of three,
Eman, Zhra and Fatimah were lost to the hungry sea,
Their photo now a symbol of our inhumanity.
They went to sea in a sieve they did.


 

 

 

 
 
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