A desperate mother used Scott Morrison’s appearance at an Eid event to beg the Prime Minister to help her family flee Afghanistan.
Hundreds of Muslim worshippers gathered in Parramatta, west Sydney, on Monday morning for Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.
Mr Morrison attended the event alongside community members from the nearby Parramatta Mosque and delivered a speech to the hundreds of worshippers in attendance.
After the prayers, tearful Afghan mother Hijara Taufiq approached the prime minister.
While surrounded by a mob of people Ms Taufiq begged Mr Morrison in broken English to help her brother’s family flee the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Desperate Afghan mother Hijara Taufiq begged Scott Morrison on Monday to help her family free Afghanistan after her nephew’s leg was ‘broken’ by the Taliban
‘I want help,’ she said. ‘My family in Afghanistan. They now not have passport, visa.’
Ms Taufiq explained her family has been unable to migrate to Australia because of problems with their paperwork.
She also said her family’s lives were in danger and that one of her nephew’s legs had been ‘broken’ by the Taliban.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke attended the Eid prayers event in Parramatta to mark the end of Muslim Ramadan
Mr Morrison handed out colourful bags containing lollies and bubble wands to an enthusiastic crowd on Monday
The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan following the retreat of allied forces – including Australia – last year.
The militant group’s previous reign in the 1990s was marked by the violent oppression of women and the nation being used as a base for al Qaeda to strike the United States on September 11, 2001.
Ms Taufiq said ‘school is over’ for her four nieces – as in, they are no longer allowed to go to class – and begged the prime minister to hurry the processing of their visas so her family can live in safety.
The federal government has allotted 26,500 spots in its humanitarian program to help refugees from Afghanistan but over 180,000 applications have clogged Department of Home Affairs’ processing systems.
During a speech to Muslim worshippers, Mr Morrison compared the finishing of Ramadan to the end of Covid restrictions
Muslim worshippers watched Eid al-Fitr prayers on a portable screen to mark the end of Ramadan at the event in Parramatta on Monday
Mr Morrison directed Ms Taufiq to the Liberal Party’s candidate for Parramatta, Maria Kovacic for help.
‘Maria will be able to work with you, we are bringing thousands and thousands of people from Afghanistan,’ he said. ‘We will do everything we can.’
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke also attended the event alongside the PM.
Eid festivities take place at the end of Muslim Ramadan and focuses on prayer, eating well, and being with family
Prime Minister Scott Morrison came armed with lolly bags to the Parramatta Eid prayers event on Monday to mark the end of Muslim Ramadan
Prior to the heartbreaking conversation, Mr Morrison delivered a speech to the hundreds of worshippers.
During his speech the prime minister compared the end of Ramadan to the easing of Covid measures across the country.
‘Breaking this fast is a little like what the country is now going through, after two years of incredible difficult times’ he told the crowd.
‘Now we can see the dawn breaking. We can reflect as we go into this new period with hope, restored by our faith and by our community.’
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd (left) and Labor candidate for Parramatta Andrew Charlton (centre) greeted Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the event (right)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended the Eid prayers event in Parramatta on Monday where he spoke to an Afghan mother and handed out lolly bags to children
Mr Morrison also praised the country’s large multicultural population.
‘Australia is like a rope, with many different strands that weave together to make it incredibly strong,’ he said.
Mr Morrison was later photographed handing out colourful bags containing lollies and a bubble wand to children to celebrate Eid festivities.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was also a guest at the event, alongside Labor candidate for Parramatta Andrew Charlton.
Kevin Rudd and Andrew Charlton attended the Eid prayers event in Parramatta on Monday
Mr Morrison’s Liberal government remains behind in the latest Newspoll, continuing to trail Labor 47-53 on two-party preferred basis
The government announced on Monday it would expand access to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
An extra 50,000 older Australians will gain access to the concession should the coalition get re-elected, with the threshold for singles being lifted from $57,761 to $90,000 from July 1.
The couples threshold will also rise from $92,416 to $144,000.
Meanwhile, the government remains behind in the latest Newspoll, continuing to trail Labor 47-53 on two-party preferred basis.