“Translating media releases into target languages to reach specific communities is just one of the strategies the NSW Police Force adopts based on the requirements of detectives investigating cases,” a NSW Police spokesperson said in a statement to SBS News.
Asra Abdullah Alsehli and her sister Amaal came to Australia in 2017 and were seeking asylum. Source: AAP / NSW Police
“That is something the NSWPF (NSW Police Force) does often, again, based on the strategy that police are deploying at the time.”
According to the 2021 Census, almost 17 per cent of Fairfield’s population speaks Arabic, compared to 1.4 per cent of the country’s overall population.
“It may not be necessarily just somebody here in Australia, it may be somebody who knows somebody overseas, and that information is going to be invaluable,” she said.
Arwa Abousamra says translating public appeals for information is “crucial” in helping the police’s investigation. Source: Supplied / Arwa Abousamra
“We need to be able to help as a community with the police force when they seek our help. How can you help when you don’t know what they want? How can you help you when you don’t know what’s happening?”
She believes that a lead could come from an Arabic-speaking person if they were given the opportunity to hear about the appeal for information.
SBS News has confirmed they were seeking asylum in Australia, but the reasons for their asylum claim remain unknown.