Adyan Bin Hasan, born in Australia in 2013, suffered a stroke during his birth caused him mild disability in his left hand. Later his family applied for Permanent Residency, but was rejected on the basis of his medical condition. His father, Mr Md Mahedi Hasan Bhuiyan, now seeking the intervention of the Immigration Minister to approve their residency application, speaks to SBS Bangla about the situation.
Adyan was born in Geelong, Victoria in 2013. His parents Mr Mahedi Hasan Bhuiyan and Mrs Rebaka Sultana arrived in Australia in 2011. Adyan suffered a stroke during his birth that caused him mild disability in his left hand. After the completion of Mr Mahedi's Phd, the family applied for permanent residency but the application was refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection - because Adyan was assessed as having a condition that made him a burden on the Australian taxpayer. The family appealed this decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, but the tribunal does not have the power to overturn the health assessment. Their final hope rests with a ministerial intervention by Immigration Minister David Coleman to support their case.
Mr Mahedi tells SBS Bangla, "Adyan's medical condition is very subtle and requires little extra supervision than any other normal child. His speacialist reports, his cognitive development is pretty usual and he is independent in his physical movement - he loves to run, jump and play like any other 5 year old, carefree kid. His teachers at kindergarten get along with him like other children and think his approach is delightful. He only requires limited physiotherapy and occupational therapy services".
Mr Mahedi is worried that if Adyan is deported alongwith his family to Bangladesh, his development-related therapy will stop as disability care facility in Bangladesh is very poor.
The family is also anxious of the severe social discrimination that Adyan might face in Bangladesh because of his mild disability. It is important to them that Adyan continues to develop as a normal kid in Australia, the only home he has ever known.
Mr Mahedi says, he has applied to the minister for Immigration as a last resort to consider their son’s situation on compassionate ground.
"Now we are waiting for the ministerial intervention by the honourable minister of immigration."
Click the audio player above to listen the conversation in Bangla.