LGBT ACTIVIST DETAINED IN LEBANON, FINALLY ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

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01/17/2022

After fleeing to Turkey from their home country of Jordan in July 2020, LGBTQI activist Alshaima Omama Alzubi has finally arrived in Australia. The 25-year-old Jordanian refugee who identifies as lesbian and non-binary and who previously went by the initials of “AOA” boarded a flight to Australia on December 30. They have spent the past three years trying to seek refuge in Australia, and in that time, they’ve lived in four different countries and been served numerous Interpol notices. They were detained in Lebanon for nearly a week during Christmas last year. While stuck there, Alzubi said they were “harassed” and “terrified of getting deported.” According to SBS News, they received help from “non-government” and “human rights” organisations as well as Australian diplomats in Lebanon to “get them to safety.” Upon arriving in Australia on January 1, Alzubi told SBS News, “Now I feel supported, seen, heard and treated like a human being regardless of my beliefs, gender identity, and sexual orientation.”

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