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How many of the 1500 asylum seeker lives lost at sea since 2001 could have been saved?
Zahra (6), Fatima (7) and Eman (9) - the daughters of Sondos Ismail and Ahmed Alzalimi -  three of the 146 children who lost their lives when the vessel that has become known as SIEVX foundered in international waters en route to Christmas Island on 19 October 2001.
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The disaster and aftermath

October 2001

Migrant Ship Sinks ~ 22 October 2001(CNN)
Hundreds dies in high-seas tragedy ~ 22 October 2001 (CBS)
Transcript of Survivor Accounts ~ October 2001 (Translated by Keysar Trad)
Boat Tragedy emphasizes people smuggling... ~ Rebecca Carmody, 23 October 2001, (AM-ABC)
Asylum Seekers Drowned ~ Ginny Stein, 23 October 2001, (PM- ABC)
Stance defended after boat deaths ~ 23 October 2001 (AAP)
Survivors tell of desperate struggle... ~ 23 October 2001 (AFP)
Interview with John Howard ~ Paul Murray, 23 October 2001 (6PR)
Border Protection Policy Announcement ~ John Howard, 23 October 2001
Interview with Philip Ruddock ~ John McNamara, 23 October 2001 (6PR)
Asylum seeker tragedy: 350 drown, 44 survive ~ John Highfield, 23 October 2002 (ABC)
Boat sinks in 10 minutes... ~ AAP, 23 October 2001
Refugees drown off Indonesia ~ AAP, 23 October 2001
Hundreds Die As Ship En Route To Australia Sinks ~ 23 October 2001 (UN Wire)
'I have lost everything' ~ Don Greenlees, 23 October 2001 (Australian)
IOM Press Briefing Notes ~ Jean Philippe Chauzy, 23 October 2001
UNHCR Briefing Notes ~ 23 October 2001
Disaster for 300 Potential Illegal Immigrants ~ 23 October 2001 (Indonesian Business - image)
Survivors Traumatized ~ Chris Brummitt, 23 October 2001 (Oakridger)
Drowning tragedy dragged in... ~ Gillian Bradford, 23 October 2001 (ABC)
Philip Ruddock Interview ~ Tony Jones, 23 October 2001 (ABC)
Interview with Philip Ruddock ~ Howard Sattler, 23 October 2001 (2SM - NB - incorrect date)
Asylum seeker vessel capsizes ~ 24 October 2001 (Reuters)
John Howard Interview ~ Mark Willacy, 24 October 2001 (ABC)
Sea of Tears ~ Stuart Rintoul & Vanessa Walker, 24 October 2001 (Aus)
John Howard Interview ~ Liam Bartlett, 24 October 2001 (Radio 6WF)
The Human Face of People Smuggling ~ Eleanor Hall, 24 October 2001 (ABC)
Survivors Tell of Horror ~ Lindsay Murdoch, 24 October 2001 (Age)
Despair Drove Us ~ Lindsay Murdoch et al, 24 October 2001 (SMH)
Overload Kills... ~ Don Greenlees, 24 October 2001 (Daily Telegraph)
Iraqis, Afghanis perish on way to Australia ~ 24 October 2001 (Jakarta Post)
Shipwreck survivors... boarded at gunpoint ~ Ginny Stein, 24 October 2001 (PM)
Alexander Downer Interview ~ Tony Jones, 24 October 2001 (ABC)
Raymond Hall Interview ~ Tony Jones, 24 October 2001 (ABC)
Refugees Describe capsizing ~ Dianthus Saputra, 24 October 2001 (Washington Post)
Refugees mourn loved ones lost at sea ~ Barbie Dutter, Daily Telegraph (UK), 24 October 2001
Police forced refugees aboard at gunpoint ~ Chris McCall, 25 October 2001 (Courier Mail)
Three Little Victims ~ Don Greenlees & Vanessa Walker, 25 October 2001 (Aus)
A phone call, and dream turns to despair ~ Farah Farouque, 25 October 2001 (Age)
Interview with John Howard ~ Ben Knight, 25 October 2001 (ABC)
Forced on to death Boat ~ Greenlees & Saunders, 25 October 2001
Forced aboard at gunpoint ~ Lindsay Murdoch, 25 October 2001 (SMH)
A cursory nod, a closed hand... ~ Margo Kingston, 25 October 2001 (SMH)
Boat Tragedy highlights... plight ~ Dan Murphy, 25 October 2001 (CSM)
When despair sets out... ~ Kelly Burke, 25 October 2001 (Age)
Fathers Mourn... ~ 25 October 2001 (Daily Telegraph)
Ruddock lays down the law ~ Clennell & Grattan, 25 October 2001 (SMH)
Howard to investigate reports of coercion ~ 25 October 2001 (Age)
Indonesia police 'aided smugglers' ~ 25 October 2001 (BBC)
Boat people blame police for tragedy ~ John Aglionby, 25 October 2001 (Guardian)
Indonesian police admit officers may be bribed by people smugglers ~ 25 October 2001 (AFP)
Mystery surrounds Indonesian death boat ~ A. Sukarsono, 25 October 2001 (LycosAsia)
Police commander admits officers may be bribed ~ 25 October 2001 (Age)
Indonesian police deny death boat allegations ~ Joanne Collins, 25 October 2001 (Reuters)
Deathboat "mastermind" named... ~ Nick Squires, 25 October 2001 (SCMP)
UN urges inquiry... ~ 25 October 2001 (AFP)
John Howard Press Conference ~ 26 October 2001
Survivors' claims of forced passage denied ~ Vaudine England, 26 October 2001 (SCMP)
Trip to RI organized by mafia: Survivor ~ A. Emmanuelle, 26 October 2001 (JP)
Ruddock not guilty about boat people deaths ~ 26 October 2001 (SMH)
Boat tragedy: police arrested ~ 26 October 2001 (Ananova)
Indonesian Police Arrested In Boat Tragedy ~ 26 October 2001 (Toronto Star)
Boat to Nowhere ~ John Aglionby, 26 October 2001 (Guardian UK)
Refugees blame people smugglers... ~ A. Emmanuelle, 26 October 2001 (Jakarta Post)
Officers held for boat role ~ Don Greenlees, 27 October 2001 (Aus)
Not Wanted ~ Lindsay Murdoch et al, 27 October 2001 (Age)
Waves of Grief ~ Lindsay Murdoch, 27 October 2001 (SMH)
Death boat suspects under arrest ~ Tim Dodd, 27 October 2001 (AFR)
A journey of survival ~ Chris McCall, 27 October 2001 (Courier Mail)
Adrift In a sea of despair ~ Chris McCall, 27 October 2001 (Courier Mail)
Two policemen arrested... ~ Fabiola Desy Unidjaja, 27 October 2001 (JP)
A pump between devil and the deep blue sea ~ Philip Cornford, 27 October 2001 (SMH)
Trading in Tragedy ~ Mitchell & Dickins, 27 October 2001 (Herald Sun)
Family-friendly policies apply only to some ~ Adele Horin, 27 October 2001 (SMH)
Refugee families warned against visiting surviving relatives ~ 27 October 2001 (ABC)
For the sake of the children ~ Kelly Burke, 27 October 2001 (SMH)
Rescue team unaware of sinking ~ Tiarma Siboro, 27 October 2001 (Jakarta Post)
Manus Asylum-seekers would have known victims ~ Kevin Ricketts, 28 October 2001 (CT)
...Sadness in Cobram ~ John Elder, 28 October 2001, (Sunday Age)
Smiles a dad will never see again ~ Nicolette Casella, 28 October 2001 (Perth Sunday Times)
Unbearable grief ~ Nicolette Casella, 28 October 2001 (Perth Sunday Times)
Death ship not named ~ Hidayat Tantan & Mariana Ariestyawati dan Sugiyanto, 29 October 2001 (Gatra)
A New Haven ~ Farah Farouque, 29 October 2001 (Sunday Age)
Visa rules stop refugees from identifying drowned relatives ~ Claire Harvey, 30 October 2001 (Aus)

November 2001

He Lost 14 Members Of His Family In The Ship Catastrophe ~ ? November 2001 (El Telegraph)
Visa Shock... ~ Heather Tyler, 2 November 2001 (Middle East Times)
Broken Man Begs to see wife ~ Melissa Fyfe, 3 November 2001 (Age)
The People Smugglers ~ Ross Coulthart, 4 November 2001 (Sunday)
Shipwrecked ~ Simon Elegant, 5 November 2001 (Time)
The human face of Australia's refugee crisis ~ Tony Jones, 7 November 2001 (ABC)
Indonesian police arrest key people smuggler ~ 7 November 2001 (AFP)
Smuggle suspect gang sought ~ Don Greenlees, 8 November 2001 (Aus)
Questions & Answers ~ John Howard, 8 November 2001 (National Press Club)
Prime Minister explains the race issue... ~ Tony Jones, 8 November 2001 (ABC)
When Hope Turns To Despair ~ Richard Galpin, 8 November 2001 (BBC)
'It's Impossible For Us To Extradite Abu Quassey' ~ 8 November 2001 (Tempo]
Introduction To Remembrance Ceremony ~ Paula Abood, 8 November 2001
Breakfast with Bandarto Bandoro ~ 9 November 2001 (Kompas)
Election 2001: this is not my Australia ~ Richard Flanagan, 9 November 2001 (Age)
Police Succeed in Identifying Abu Quassey's Network ~ Lily Kartika, 12 November 2001 (Kompas)

December 2001

Between Sky and Earth ~ Arnold Zable, 13 December 2001 (Age)
Refugees Wait In Limbo While In Indonesia ~ Ashley Gilbertson, 20 December 2001 (FEER)
... Survivor granted asylum ~ Vanessa Walker, 21 December 2001 (Aus)
Orphaned survivor faces uncertain future ~ Kelly Burke, 21 December 2001 (Age)

January 2002

Hopes grow of a mercy visa... ~ Andrew Clennell, 5 January 2002 (SMH)
Bane of the Boat People ~ Richard Paddock, 4 January 2002 (LA Times)

February 2002

From Iraq To Woomera ~ Susan Owens, 2 February 2002 (AFR)
Mother of drowned children... ~ Andrew Clennell, 25 February 2002 (SMH)
Regional Conference on People Smuggling ~ Mark Bowling, 25 February 2002 (ABC)
Aust focuses on lax Indonesian immigration law ~ Mark Bowling, 25 February 2002 (ABC 7.30 Report)
Refugee trail offers a road to nowhere ~ John Aglionby, 28 February 2002

March 2002

Human Traffic: A Lucrative Trade ~ Marianne Bray, 1 March 2002 (CNN)
Sharing the Grief ~ Kelly Burke, 22 March 2002 (Age)
Horror of drownings recounted ~ Ross Peake, 27 March 2002 (CT)

April 2002

Refugee children's painful wait... ~ Penelope Debelle, 20 April 2002 (Age, SMH)

May 2002

Climate of tolerance gets frosty ~ Kate Legge, 6 May 2002 (Aus)

October 2002

Searching for a place to belong ~ Michael Gordon, 24 October 2002 (Aus)

March 2003

Tragedy turns to agony for family caught in visa limbo ~ Cynthia Banham, 4 March 2003 (SMH)

April 2003

Perilous Journeys ~ Arnold Zable, April 2003 (Eureka Street)

July 2003

Another blow for tragic family ~ 10 July 2003 (Daily Telegraph)
Right kind of migrant ~ Kay Kan, 12 July 2003, (Letter to DT)
The Perils of Pericles ~ Michelle Draper, 16 July 2003 (Arts Hub)
Submission to Inquiry into Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters ~ Sue Hoffman, 29 July 2003

September 2003

Please, Mr Howard, let these admirable people stay ~ Arnold Zable, 1 September 2003 (Age)
Early Survivors ~ Ghassan Nakhoul, 10 September 2003 (SBS Arabic Radio)

October 2003

Memorial project to drowned asylum seekers ~ Senator Bob Brown, 16 October 2003
The human cost of slave trade ~ Paul Kalina, 23 October 2003 (Age)
Suspicions haunt survivor of Siev X sinking ~ Sophie Morris, 27 October 2003 (Aus)

April 2004

Survivor relives boat people disaster ~ Ainsley Pavey, 5 April 2004 (news.com.au)
Indon police linked to boatpeople ~ Ainsley Pavey, 6 April 2004 (AAP)

May 2004

PM accused of double standards ~ Meaghan Shaw, 20 May 2004 (Age)

July 2004

Australia throws 9000 refugees a lifeline ~ Cynthia Banham, 13 July 2004 (SMH)

October 2004

Greens call for action... ~ NSW Greens, 20 October 2004 (Media release)

November 2004

I am still in the water... ~ Amal Basry, 1 November 2004 (Axis of Logic)
Still at sea ~ Karina Machado, 8 November 2004 (Who)

May 2005

Belonging in Australia ~ Amal Basry, 23 May 2005 (Axis of Logic)

September 2005

Exhibition advocates SIEV-X memorial ~ 2 September 2005 (ABC)
ACT flags Canberra site for SIEV-X memorial ~ 2 September 2005 (ABC)
Group proposes Siev-X memorial ~ 2 September 2005 (World Today)
Development body rejects SIEV-X monument ~ 3 September 2005 (ABC)

October 2005

Commonwealth vetoes SIEV-X memorial for Canberra ~ 17 October 2005 (ABC)
SIEV X mourners remember the nameless dead ~ Andra Jackson, 20 October 2005 (Age)
SIEV X survivor recalls the children's dreams ~ C. Naylor, 20 October 2005 (CT)
Siev X ~ Philip Williams, 21 October 2005 (Stateline ACT)
SIEV X Landmark of Conscience is born ~ Steve Biddulph, 22 October 2005 (sievx.com)

November 2005

President Talbani sponsors Iraqi Migrant Day Celebrations ~ translated by Ghassan Nakhoul, 30 November 2005 (Al Mada)

January 2008

It's a little thing that's called citizenship ~ Arnold Zable, 26 January 2008 (Age)

October 2012

Heartfelt message from SIEVX survivor on 11th anniversary of the sinking ~ Sadeq Al Abodei , 19 October 2013 (sievx.com)

July 2013

 

 

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