I’m sad, distracted and personally distressed. Two young Australian men are on death row in an Indonesian jail and it seems there is nothing that can be done about it. I know the prisoners concerned are drug traffickers and I’m not excusing those actions but I don’t believe anyone has the right to take another life. It’s one thing to be caught and punished for crimes and wrong doing but to be executed is outside my understanding of humanity.
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan face execution in the coming days according to all reports from Indonesia. Time seems to be running out (it may even be too late as I write this blog) for the two young men whose families are fearing the worst and facing impossible circumstances. As a Mother of two men of similar ages I struggle to even go close to the personal torture these two families are going through right now. And why can’t I go close to putting myself in the shoes of the families? Well it’s because there are no feelings and certainly no words to describe the anguish to know that your child or sibling’s life is about to be ended and there is nothing you can do about it. Helpless, powerless distraught…unfathomable.
Yesterday I signed a petition. A petition for ‘Mercy’. If you would like to sign for humanity and to appeal for clemency for Myurana and Andrew go to: http://mercycampaign.org/
I also think it is a tragedy and firing squad a particularly barbaric form of capital punishment. These young men have also redeemed themselves in the very positive way they have used their talents to provide programs for other prisoners.