In the early hours of March 5, 2018, officers from the Australian Border Force entered the home of married couple Priya and Nadesalingam 'Nades' in the central Queensland town of Biloela.
The pair were given just ten minutes to pack their belongings, before they and their young Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, were bundled out into the dawn and onto immigration detention.
Ever since, the family has been held captive, caught up in a lengthy, intricate battle to stay in the country they've called home for the better part of a decade.
Now, it's been more than 1500 days since they were first snatched from their homes. This is their story, and what their lives look like now.
Priya and Nades Murugappan speak about returning to Biloela on Australian Story. Post continues below.
To Priya and Nades, Australia represented safety and freedom.
They are Tamils, an ethnic minority that were slaughtered in their tens of thousands during Sri Lanka's bloody civil war.
Speaking to Mamamia, the couple's friend and advocate, Angela Fredericks, said they had each survived horrors that most Australians would barely be able to comprehend.
"Priya's husband was burnt alive in front of her, and her father was abused by the military. Nades is covered in shrapnel from the war," the fellow Biloela resident said.
"For them to make it through, and to still have the most beautiful, kind hearts is extraordinary."
After becoming a Mum, Priya used to bring her curries up to Biloela Hospital to say 'thank you'. But since officials snatched her from her Biloela home over two years ago, she has been caring for her QLD-born girls while locked in detention. pic.twitter.com/zHrgiDVwmC— HometoBilo (@HometoBilo) May 11, 2020