Dead in the Water : The Untold story of the Sinking of the Siev X
In October 2001, a dilapidated and criminally overloaded Indonesian fishing boat sank to the north of Australia. The boat was over-crowded with refugees who had paid vast amounts to an Egyptian people smuggler to get them to Australia where they would seek asylum. Large numbers of these refugees were women and children joining their husbands/fathers after years apart. There is speculation that the Australian Government allowed the SIEV-X to sink in order to deter further refugees from attempting this method of getting to Australia, and the argument about the truth continues to this day. The story is told through the eyes of a survivor – SONDOS ISMAIL – a woman who lost her three small daughters in those inky seas.