As we went on the Palapa. I felt sea sick. We had trouble. The engine broke down, we were drifting in the ocean. When morning came we were still alive. When we were in the waves on our broken boat there was a plane that went past and we wrote ‘SOS’ … that means Save Our Souls. The plane came back but it didn’t see us. At that moment people were arguing and screaming and crying. Eventually we were rescued by the Tampa. All we took was the clothes on our backs. We asked, “please take us to Australia, our lives are at risk.”
We spent ten days on the Tampa. The Australian Government didn’t want us.