Close Nauru & Manus
"This is how tired we are, this action will show how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore'" said Omid before setting himself alight on Nauru. Days later another person also set themselves alight.
Two people seeking asylum in Australia have self-immolated in Nauru detention centre in the last week. Two other people are reportedly missing and believed to have drowned attempting to flee Nauru, there have also been several self-harm incidents.
Hodan from Somalia was one of three refugees snatched by Border Force office at 3.00am from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation on Wednesday morning , 27 April. The 21-year old (some reports say she is 19) was bodily carried out of the Brisbane detention centre and transported to Nauru - on 2nd May she attempted suicide by immolation and is now in a critical condition in Brisbane.
Hadon had previously been detained on Nauru. She had been held there for three years but had been in Australia since the end of last year to receive medical treatment.
Omid, a 23-year old Iranian, passed away on Friday after self-immolation. His last words were "This is how tired we are, this action will show how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore." Omid had been recognised as a refugee: he was judged to have a “well-founded fear of persecution” in his homeland and required protection. He had also been on Nauru for three years.
The Australian Government has claimed that none of the asylum seekers on either Nauru or Manus will ever be allowed to settle in Australia.
The Nauru camp holds about 500 people, with a further 700 refugees “living” on the Island. Refugees and asylum seekers make up more than 10% of Nauru’s 10,000-strong population, and Nauru, per capita, now has the third highest proportion of refugees in the world.
850 people are held in the detention centre on Manus but on 27th April the Manus Island detention centre was declared illegal by PNG High Court and the PNG prime minister, Peter O'Neill, has since announced that Australia must make new arrangements for the people detained there.
The simple answer would be for the Australian government to open their borders and to close the detention centres but instead the government has said that if people try to travel 'illegally' to Australia, they will not be allowed to ever settle there.
Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, has said Australia will not change their border policies nor will they improve conditions in the off-shore detention centres. 'Alleviating the plight of those at Nauru and Manus Island would inevitably lead to a flood of asylum seeker boats,'