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No answer for Sadiqi in deadly deportation countdown

PLEASE HELP: Nadir Sadiqi is pleading to stay in Australia as he faces certain death if returned to Afghanistan. More than 53,000 people have signed a petition to save him since the Sunshine Coast Daily revealed his plight in June.
PLEASE HELP: Nadir Sadiqi is pleading to stay in Australia as he faces certain death if returned to Afghanistan. More than 53,000 people have signed a petition to save him since the Sunshine Coast Daily revealed his plight in June. Patrick Woods

NADIR Sadiqi cannot sleep, he struggles to eat and he has had to have his medication increased as the deadline for his deportation draws near.

He trembles when he hears someone knocking at the door for fear it is an immigration official taking him into custody.

MORE: NADIR SADIQI- A TIMELINE OF A REFUGEE 

On August 6, only 15 days away, his visa which has allowed him to stay in Australia expires and he is required to return to his country of birth, Afghanistan. But he knows he will be executed shortly after his arrival by the Taliban for refusing to join its army in the fight against the West as a young man.

Hazara refugee Nadir Sadiqi who arrived in Australia on a boat in 2011 has been told to return to Kabul by August 6. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Hazara refugee Nadir Sadiqi who arrived in Australia on a boat in 2011 has been told to return to Kabul by August 6. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily Patrick Woods

He has already been beaten and left for dead for this crime and his father was murdered and two brothers kidnapped.

Mr Sadiqi fled the country to seek safe haven first in Pakistan and then, by boat, in Australia.

He has already received a direct death threat on Facebook after his details were accidentally leaked along with 10,000 others by the Immigration Department.

A petition to keep Mr Sadiqi in Australia, after it was first highlighted in the Daily on June 20, has gained more than 53,000 signatures. His story has featured on national television and in newspapers across the country.

But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has still not ended his agony and given clarity on the issue. His department's only comment has been that the minister is "considering the matter".

"It's torture for him," Mr Sadiqi's Sunshine Coast supporter, Terry Boyce, said.

Mr Boyce and Buderim's Buddies Refugees, have arranged a vigil to be held at St John's Anglican Cathedral in Ann St, Brisbane.

Mr Boyce said Mr Sadiqi was so grateful for the support, even though "he is really struggling to cope".

"He worries about the knock on the door, or that he will be called into an informal immigration meeting and then get put in jail.

"He fears he could also be sent to a detention centre in Darwin.

"He doesn't want to go back to a detention centre. But he has decided he won't run and hide.

"He is accepting it with quiet dignity."

Nadir Sadiqi Daily coverage June 20.
Nadir Sadiqi Daily coverage June 20.

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