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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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A Somali refugee has set himself on fire on Manus Island , amid claims of a worsening mental health crisis at the detention centre. Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said 14 men who have self -harmed on Manus Island were being housed in the Shamrock compound.

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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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Man sets himself on fire on Manus Island after being 'denied medical treatment': Refugee sets self on fire at Manus He is the second person on the island to set himself on fire in two weeks, amid a worsening mental health crisis . The 31-year-old Indian man , who had "severe" health issues, was

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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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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Many of the men refused, citing previous attacks by residents in Lorengau. Instead the migrants barricaded themselves inside, using solar None of the men still on Manus have accepted the offer, according to reports. American officials said dozens if not hundreds of refugees from Manus and

"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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A man has set his room and himself on fire on Manus Island after being denied medical care, according to other refugees on the island. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au He is the second person on the island to set himself on fire in two weeks, amid a worsening mental health crisis. The 31-year-old Indian man, who had "severe" health issues, was turned away from the island's health clinic on Friday, Manus detainee Shamindan Kanapadhi said. He had been denied medical treatment for a long time, Mr Kanapadhi said.

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