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AustraliaRefugee sets self on fire at Manus Island amid 'mental health crisis'

07:06  12 june  2019
07:06  12 june  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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WARNING: The following story contains distressing details

A Somali refugee has set himself on fire on Manus Island, amid claims of a worsening mental health crisis at the detention centre.

The man, who is 31 according to fellow refugee Shamindan Kanapadhi, was not seriously injured on Monday morning when he set himself on fire at the East Lorengau compound in the detention centre on the Papua New Guinean island.

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A refugee on Manus Island has set himself on fire , marking the latest in a rapidly rising number of suicide and self -harm attempts at the former site of the Australian-run ' We have no hope or reason to go through another day,' he said, trying to explain the rapid increase in acute mental health incidents.

A group of refugees have left Manus Island and are moving to Nauru while they wait for resettlement in a third country. Hundreds have moved to the US but rejections are adding to mental distress, refugees on the islands have said. Others have not applied out of fear for their safety as a Muslim in

Distressing photos show him doused in white foam from a fire extinguisher, his red T-shirt visibly burnt.

He was taken to the neighbouring Shamrock facility for refugees and asylum seekers who have self-harmed, according to advocate Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.

The facility was previously accommodating guards and police, but Mr Rintoul said it now housed 14 people who have self harmed or attempted suicide. It comes amid claims of a worsening mental health crisis since the federal election.

Pakistani refugee Samad Abdul, who is in PNG's capital, Port Moresby, said everyone in the centre had lost hope.

"We [were] never scared for our future before because hope was alive, but after May 18 every day is like a nightmare," he said.

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A refugee in the notorious Manus Island migrant detention camp has set himself on fire , becoming the latest in a rapidly growing list of inmates who have reportedly attempted suicide or self -harm. There is a mental health epidemic on Manus Island , according to the Refugee Action Coalition.

Mr Rintoul said it was increasingly difficult to keep track of the growing number of refugees and asylum seekers self harming. He claims there have been more than 50 instances on Manus island since the election, or more than 70 including those who are in Port Moresby for medical care.

Refugee Benham Satah said many of the men were "thinking about death every second".

"It's truly hard to explain it but I am sure it's more contagious than salmonella or typhoid," Mr Satah said on Monday.

Mr Rintoul claimed there was no medical care in Shamrock, which is under guard. Some men have also been sent back to their compounds after self harming and others were at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby, he said.

The Department of Home Affairs noted that the Pacific International hospital in Port Moresby has a dedicated mental health ward.

A department spokesperson on Tuesday said the Australian government was working closely with PNG and Nauru to ensure the men have appropriate healthcare.

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A refugee on Manus Island has set himself on fire , marking the latest in a rapidly rising number of suicide and self -harm attempts at the former site of the " Men on Manus are completely depressed and mentally unwell - the physical and mental conditions are deteriorating day after day," refugee

A refugee on Manus Island has set himself on fire , marking the latest in a rapidly rising number of suicide and self -harm attempts at the former site of the Australian-run detention centre. The Somalian man , aged about 30, set himself on fire while in the East Lorengau camp on Monday

"The Australian government is committed to supporting the governments of PNG and Nauru by providing specialist and wide‑ranging health, welfare and support services."

The department did not directly respond to the recent self harm claims or confirm Shamrock was housing some of the men.

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers remain in PNG, six years after being detained as "illegal" entrants to Australia.

The Human Rights Law Centre again called for refugees and asylum seekers to be evacuated from Manus and Nauru.

"We are seeing an increasingly dangerous situation unfolding in which men and women in the Australian government’s care are losing all hope," legal director Katie Robertson said in a statement on Tuesday.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact Lifeline 131 114, or beyondblue 1300 224 636.

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