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Manus Island refugee hopes to resettle in NZ and pursue kickboxing dream

16 January 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

A former Pakistani kickboxing champion is pinning his hopes on a future in New Zealand and the chance to pursue the sport he loves.

Ezatullah Kakar has spent the last five years as a refugee on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, which was shut down by the Australian Government in October, leaving up to 600 refugees to fend for themselves. 

Kakar says refugees are tired of the politics and all he wants is a chance to find a place he can call home and where he can pursue his love of kickboxing.

"We don't have any hope from any country, only one hope from New Zealand. We are tired of the politics," he says. "Money, media, money, everyone they're talking to us but nothing happens."

Ezatullah Kakar. Photo/ Twitter. 

The Auckland Peace Action Group is liaising with refugees in PNG.

Spokesperson Sam Vincent says they're pushing for the refugees to resettle in New Zealand.

"After suffering years of hell, it is unacceptable for us to let them languish in ongoing desperation. We are a wealthy country and we have the resources to integrate these remarkable refugees into our society. Let’s do it.”

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