Nenje nenje, nee engai, naanum angai
(Soul, wherever you are, I am there too.)
- Lyrics from one of the Tamil songs played every week in front of the Burnaby detention centre.
For the last three months, No One Is Illegal Vancouver has organized weekly demonstrations outside the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre where approximately 75 mothers and children who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea last summer are still being detained. They were amongst the 492 Tamil refugees who made the three-month journey from Sri Lanka to B.C., only upon their arrival to be forced into three detention centres across the Lower Mainland amidst a national hysteria about "illegals" and "criminals."