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Abrha, Ginbot 7 Active Supporter In Australia Fears Deportation

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Yeshiwork Abrha's hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly, she can't find the words.

Her friend, Melbourne Ethiopian community leader Kojii Umer, speaks on her behalf.

"There is no hope for her to survive. That is our concern. The Australian government knows this situation, but they are telling her to go home. That's our concern."

On Thursday, Ms Yeshiwork's visa expires and she must report to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

With no valid visa, it is all but certain she will be sent to a detention centre and authorities will prepare to deport her. But her compatriots and supporters are in no doubt: if she is forced to go home, she will be jailed, or worse.

Ms Yeshiwork is an active supporter of the pro-democracy opposition group Ginbot 7. Other supporters have been forced to flee Ethiopia in their thousands, after the government declared five opposition groups to be terrorist organisations in 2011.