“My daughter's death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people" Rosie AyliffeMother of Mia Ayliffe-Chung
Since Mia’s death, Ayliffe has been tirelessly campaigning for changes to be made to the visa scheme that took her daughter to Home Hill in the first place. Mia was working towards completing 88 days of farm work in order to qualify for a second year in Australia.
But conditions at Home Hill were tough. There wasn’t enough work to go round, which meant that backpackers desperate for work were competing with one another.
Ayliffe says that there was a “febrile and aggressive atmosphere” which made Ayad’s attack less surprising. It has also been alleged that Ayad had become infatuated with Mia and that drugs, alcohol and mental illness may have also played a part.
Together with Tom Jackson’s parents, Les and Sandra Jackson, Aylife has started a group called ‘Tom & Mia’s Legacy’. They’re hoping to create better awareness about the exploitation young backpackers frequently experience while doing farm work in Australia.
Speaking to Marie Claire, Aylife says while Trump was wrong about Mia and Tom’s deaths being terror related there is a connection between them and the Muslims that he has left waiting around at airports all over the states.
“Immigrants and migrant workers the world over are treated as disposable commodities, and my daughter was no exception,” she says.
Ayliffe notes that Mia should have been protected from Ayad, who had allegedly threatened to murder his fellow backpackers in the weeks before the attack. “Instead she was placed in a dormitory with him. Her basic human right for protection was disregarded, and so it is for so many of the strongest bravest people, who cross continents in order to find a better life,” she says.
“This is a sad reality of our modern world, and I will do my best to address one small part of that by campaigning against the 88 days of farm work in Australia.”
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