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Vigil continues for Baby Asha in Brisbane

Refugee activists protest outside the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Refugee activists protest outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Cleo Fraser, AAP

Protesters calling on authorities to let Baby Asha stay in Australia instead of being returned to detention on Nauru will again rally outside a Brisbane hospital.

The 12-month-old girl was brought to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital last month after suffering burns when boiling water was accidentally spilled on her while in detention on Nauru.

She has since recovered but doctors say they will keep her at the hospital until ‘a suitable home environment is identified’.

Asha, as well as her mother and father, are set to be sent back to Nauru once the child is discharged.

A vigil has been held in front of the hospital since the news that Asha was being treated there broke on Friday night.

During a second rally on Sunday protesters called for immigration minister Peter Dutton and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to show Asha some love on Valentines Day and let her stay in the country.

‘Roses are red, violets are blue, people with hearts don’t send babes to Nauru,’ a crowd of more than 100, some holding heart-shaped signs, chanted outside the hospital.

Organisers told AAP some of the group were expected to camp out for a third night on Sunday and another rally been organised for 5.30pm (AEST) on Monday.

Mr Dutton has refused to comment on the matter, while Queensland’s premier and health minister have thrown their support behind the doctors involved.


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