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Agony of children treated worse than animals

December 19, 2013

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The following article is by Sarah Hanson Young, an Australian Greens senator for South Australia…

 

There are no signs to guide you to Australia’s detention centre on Nauru. You instead have to follow the signs that lead to the island’s ”rubbish dump” and eventually they take you straight to the detention centre’s entrance.

That alone explains a lot about how Australia is dealing with these refugees who, tragically, include women and children.

When you enter the secure compound, the first thing you notice is the stifling heat that hangs heavy over the camp. The tents have no air-conditioning, fans are in brutally short supply, the humidity is unbelievable and shade is sparse. The second thing you notice is the desperation in the eyes of the people who are being held there.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that it is inhumane for adults to be held in the Nauru camp’s conditions, but the fact that children are being held there is truly unacceptable.

There is no playground in the compound, there aren’t any toys, and all the children have to play in is the bright white gravel that blankets the entire camp.

Those white stones are there because the detention centre is right in the middle of a quarry that was once a central part of the island’s ailing phosphate mine.

There are 765 people locked in the Nauru detention centre right now. The camp is divided into different sections with single adult men held in one area and families, including mothers, babies and unaccompanied children, on the other side of the centre.

It is the family compound where the desperation is at its most heart-wrenchingly intense and it is the pregnant women who are the most afraid of what the future will hold.

Every refugee I spoke to referred to the camp as a ”jail” and many wanted to know what they had done to warrant their imprisonment. A widowed father of two told me, as his eyes filled with tears, ”My children ask me every day, when are we getting out of this prison? Every day I lie to them, but now I have no lies left.”

Among the adults that I spoke to there were many highly skilled, highly educated people. I spoke to doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, a psychologist and a journalist.

These people want to contribute to Australian society but, instead, we are destroying them, mentally and emotionally.

In conditions as harsh as those on Nauru it is often the small things, the day-to-day things, which weigh heaviest on people’s minds.

While I was in the family compound, distraught children repeatedly came to me and begged for new shoes because theirs had worn through and the hot gravel was hurting their feet.

They said that when they asked the detention centre staff for shoes their pleas were ignored and that their parents couldn’t do anything to ease their pain.

One child said to me, ”Sometimes I think we are treated like animals, but then I realise animals have a better life than we do in this place.”

It is beyond question that this government’s policies are creating the next generation of damaged children.

There is a battle of wills taking place on Nauru right now. The Australian government is trying to break the spirit of these vulnerable people in the hope that they’ll return to the countries from which they have fled.

This indignity and the lack of control that the refugees have over their own lives is being carried out methodically, with the aim of dehumanising those who have been locked up.

The conditions are designed to break people and it’s sickening that young boys and girls are being abused like this.

Children are forced to line up for their meals, often spending hours in the beating sun every day just to get food. One morning when I arrived at the camp I saw a group of children lining up for lunch and then, when I left at the end of the day, those same children were lining up for dinner. I asked what they had done during the day and they looked at me, confused, and shrugged. ”Lining up for lunch, lining up for dinner,” one of the children said, and left it at that.

History has shown us that more than 90 per cent of the people that we’ve locked up in the white-hot compound on Nauru will be found to be genuine refugees.

In the future we’re going to have to explain to our grandchildren how this all came about; how human beings were left in appalling conditions, in between the rubbish dump and the phosphate mine on Nauru, because of the form of transport that they used to flee from war and persecution in their homelands.

 

 

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47 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2013 11:22 am

    I read this in the MSM yesterday Reb, and its great that you’ve put it out into the blogosphere.
    In the same manner that Nazism and ‘The Greater East-asian Co-prosperity Sphere’ left an indelible stain on the German and Japanese character, so too, will this return to haunt Australia in the future. One wonders whether Morrison will fall back on the old excuse of ‘only following orders’. To place adults who have committed no crime in this situation is reprehensible. To include children, is the act of animals.

  2. Splatterbottom permalink
    December 19, 2013 11:43 am

    If Sarah really cared about refugee children she would not have drowned so many of them.

  3. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 11:52 am

    Too funny.

    Rudd/Gillard lock up more kids than anyone and nobody says anything.

    Abbott gets in and out all the leftists come.

    Beats me how the leftoid brain works.

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 11:54 am

    I’m ashamed to be Australian …

    I’m glad I didn’t vote Liberal …

    I’m sick of both major parties treating people like this …

    I’m sad that too many Australian have such a depleted sense of humanity …

    I wish that someone in government POWER had the balls to stand up and be counted and declare that asylum seekers should be treted as just that … people who seek asylum and a better life for their children … and process their claims onshore …

    I want asylum seekers processed onshore and Australia to take real responsibility …

    I have one caveat … we do not accept young men and women of military age from countries in which our young men and women are fighting, dying, getting wounded and being traumatised for other people’s freedom …

    On that note … I’d sooner see our ADF employed in far more positive roles around the world …

    A good friend of the family was deployed to the Phillipines after the damage there (we hope to see him for Christmas) …

    http://video.defence.gov.au/?mediaId=8e50b79f-5686-44dc-881b-03133145b2b6

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:11 pm

    I’m ashamed I voted for Rudd in 2007. If he did not gratuitously put the people smugglers back in business there would now be no refugees on Nauru.

    “I want asylum seekers processed onshore and Australia to take real responsibility …”

    So you want to take an unlimited number of refugees, preferencing those who can pay the people smugglers?

  6. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:12 pm

    “I’m glad I didn’t vote Liberal …”

    And i am glad i did not vote Labor.

    Under John Howard we took our refugees from UNHCR camps.

    Under Rudd/Gillard and YOUR vote we now take people with $10,000.

    Unless we are willing to take all 40 million refugees we have to have quota system.

    And by the way, after you voted TB we now take refugees on steroids.

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2013/07/some-great-aussies-live-on-christmas-island-meet-a-dead-set-patriot-shaz-with-the-telephoto-lens.html

    Have a look at them. Do you like the young kid with “Fear for your wife” on his tea shirt??

    Looks like we are now taking military types thanks to your vote in 2007.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:17 pm

    Mmmmm … that didn’t take long did it …

    I rest my case … 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:20 pm

    BTW … Kneel, you did read this beforte you got all hot, a sweaty and bubbling at the mouth>

    I have one caveat … we do not accept young men and women of military age from countries in which our young men and women are fighting, dying, getting wounded and being traumatised for other people’s freedom …

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:22 pm

    And, sb, how you got this:

    So you want to take an unlimited number of refugees, preferencing those who can pay the people smugglers?

    From this:

    “I want asylum seekers processed onshore and Australia to take real responsibility …”

    Is beyond me …

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:24 pm

    RP … this is one powerful paragraph from your link …

    Of course, human rights belong to everyone. The rich and powerful can have their rights violated, as can the poor and marginalised. However, the causes and consequences are generally different and human rights organisations, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, must recognise and respond to this.

  11. December 19, 2013 12:34 pm

    Yeah Commissar Morrison and the directorate of Public Propaganda are stopping the nasty information invasion
    That Video was awesome TB, bless em…

  12. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:39 pm

    Let us hope Scott Morrison gets us back to what we used to do. Taking refugees from UNHCR camps. Like the Sudanese refugees we took under Howard.

    Unlike the refugees using steroids we are now taking because of TB’s vote in 2007

  13. December 19, 2013 12:47 pm

    Really Neil and SB? I suggest that if the shoe were on the other foot, and it was you who had to flee, you two would be at the head of the queue at the people smugglers as your smug self-interested comments clearly demonstrate. Oh and Neil, it’s ‘T-shirt’, and not ‘Tea -shirt’ and more than likely the kid got it from an Australian aid-worker or perhaps in your ignorance you think that the Taliban are into marketing casual wear for the discerning asylum seeker.

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:52 pm

    RP, our friend is one of those in the vid.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Unlike the refugees using steroids we are now taking because of TB’s vote in 2007

    Don’t be a Fuckwit™, Kneel, I’ve railed against every government and their treatment of asylum seekers, in private and publicly here and on other forums, since the end of the VN War!

    And I’ve spoken out about every war Australia has been involved since the beginning of the VN debacle …

  15. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:53 pm

    “I suggest that if the shoe were on the other foot, and it was you who had to flee, you two would be at the head of the queue at the people smugglers as your smug self-interested comments clearly demonstrate.

    Maybe so. But what about the Sudanese refugees we took under Howard.

    Under YOUR system they have to travel to Indonesia, then find a people smuggler, then find $10,000 of hard currency.

    Under YOUR/TB/REB/Gillard/Rudd system you need $$$$$$$$$$$$10,000.

    We need a quota system otherwise it will be rorted.

    Leftoids always destroy the lives of vulnerable people.

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:54 pm

    Well said (again), ee …

    Every Australian should live in a third world country for a minimum of six months …

  17. Walrus permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:56 pm

    “……….and more than likely the kid got it from an Australian aid-worker or perhaps in your ignorance you………….”

    Could I have one of your crystal balls ?

  18. Splatterbottom permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:56 pm

    “And, sb, how you got this:
    “So you want to take an unlimited number of refugees, preferencing those who can pay the people smugglers?”
    From this:

    “I want asylum seekers processed onshore and Australia to take real responsibility …”
    Is beyond me …

    One follows from the other. Onshore processing would turbocharge the people smuggling business.

  19. Walrus permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:57 pm

    “Every Australian should live in a third world country for a minimum of six months …”

    You were about to get that wish……………….until September 7 came along………………LOL

  20. Splatterbottom permalink
    December 19, 2013 12:57 pm

    I agree with Edward. In that position I would do everything possible to get the best outcome for my family.

  21. Walrus permalink
    December 19, 2013 1:00 pm

    “Onshore processing would turbocharge the people smuggling business.”

    Isn’t it convenient that the “Onshorers” completely disregard the actual Boat Transfer problem.

    You never get an answer as to how Onshore Processing discourages Boat Arrivals

  22. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 1:02 pm

    In that position I would do everything possible to get the best outcome for my family

    EGGactly.

    They are here for a better life for their wife and kids. We have a immigration program for people like that who want to migrate here.

    Our humanitarian program should go for refugees. Not for people on steroids.

  23. December 19, 2013 1:06 pm

    Thank you SB, I rest my case.
    Walnut, Sorry, I can’t lend you either of my crystal balls, as I’ve already forwarded them to Tony Abbott – apparently Peta Credlin’s got his, and she wont give ’em back! 🙂 🙂

  24. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 1:22 pm

    By the way leftoids you have destroyed the lives of thousands of people.

    Under PM Howard we took people from UNHCR camps.

    Under Reb/TB/Toilet/Rudd/Gillard/EE/JJ/RP/Cafe Loonatict asylum we take people with $$$10,000 and steroid takers.

    people in trouble can go to hell.

  25. Splatterbottom permalink
    December 19, 2013 1:36 pm

    “I rest my case.”

    Do you really think you have one? I’m not criticising people for trying to do the best by their families. That is not to the point, which is a question about Australia luring people to their deaths.

    “You never get an answer as to how Onshore Processing discourages Boat Arrivals”

    By the time the emoting strokers have mounted the moral high-ground such powers of logic as they posses have been overcome by their overweening self-righteous indignation. All they can do in that febrile state is spray us with their fevered juices. Rational argument is irrelevant to them in their climactic moment of passion.

  26. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 1:47 pm

    ” I’m not criticising people for trying to do the best by their families. “

    Yep, if i was living in a Mexican slum and getting breakfast for my family from the local tip i guess i would illegally cross the border and clean toilets in Texas.

    But that is not called a refugee in our system. They are taking paces for people from Sudan etc.

    And people like TB from Queensland do not care.

  27. December 19, 2013 5:54 pm

    Yeah Kneel Howard was a real Humanitarian…overboard on the compassion he was 🙄

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 5:58 pm

    And people like TB from Queensland do not care.

    Whooo … goading now … 🙄 Dog give me strength … 🙄

    Now — how many visa overstayers do we have that came by aeroplane?

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 6:03 pm

    I know this is a waste of time … but here goes … (it is from News Ltd so I might be lucky) …

    Myth 5: Most asylum seekers come by boat

    REALITY: Statistics from 2008 showed at least 13 asylum seekers arrive through Australian airports daily, more than 32 times the number of boat people supposedly ”flooding” across our maritime borders in that year. A total of 4768 ”plane people”, more than 96 per cent of applicants for refugee status, arrived in that year on legitimate tourist, business and other visas – compared with 161 who arrived by boat during the same period. While boat numbers have increased, Australian Government statistics from the first quarter of 2013 showed more than 90 per cent of asylum seekers who arrived by boat were found to be genuine refugees. In comparison, those who arrived by plane – despite being eligible for release into the community and not having to face years of detention on Nauru or Manus Island – were almost twice as likely to be rejected as refugees. The figure continued a long-term trend of high approval rates for people arriving by boat, with 93.5 per cent being found to be refugees in 2010-11 and 91 per cent in 2011-12.

    Here are the other NINE …

    http://www.news.com.au/world/ten-myths-around-asylum-seekers-arriving-on-boats-in-australian-waters/story-fndir2ev-1226676024840

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2013 6:04 pm

    Wally, can you check my last comment on the Holden fred, please?

  31. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 19, 2013 6:18 pm

    “I know this is a waste of time

    Yep, waste of time. And i really hate that plane people BS as if there is something strange going on. Plane people have visas and a passport.

    They apply after arriving eg athletes from Communist countries who attended the Sydney Olympics and then applied for asylum after arriving.

    However most applicants are young people on student visas who like it here so much they do not want to go home and apply just before their visas expire. That is why they are rejected for asylum. Plane flyins are lying.

    AS usual Labor supporters trying to create confusion and trouble.

    TB you have no concept of truth or fairness.

  32. Walrus permalink
    December 19, 2013 6:33 pm

    I already responded TB

    Best to read my response before you go to bed as it will cure insomnia LOL

  33. December 19, 2013 7:57 pm

    We should have unlimited funds to fight the evil, evil, evil invasion of our vainglorious nation by the unwashed evil, evil, evil rabble kicking in our back-door and staining our coast-line. We all know, just as our founder Pauline Hanson knew, that polluting our economy with people whose only skill is their ability to avoid a queue, will not build a better nation. #PutThatOnMyTeaShirt

  34. December 19, 2013 8:22 pm

    96% of asylum seekers come by plane Kneel 13 x that of boat. I would post you the link from the Dept of immigration but here is one you will understand and believe 🙄
    http://www.news.com.au/world/ten-myths-around-asylum-seekers-arriving-on-boats-in-australian-waters/story-fndir2ev-1226676024840

  35. egg permalink
    December 19, 2013 9:02 pm

    From Ricky’s link, an accurate assessment of the situation.

    ‘Statistics from 2008 showed at least 13 asylum seekers arrive through Australian airports daily, more than 32 times the number of boat people supposedly ”flooding” across our maritime borders in that year.

    ‘A total of 4768 ”plane people”, more than 96 per cent of applicants for refugee status, arrived in that year on legitimate tourist, business and other visas – compared with 161 who arrived by boat during the same period.’

  36. December 19, 2013 9:29 pm

    Plane-people are cultured, ordering in-flight wine with dinner, and come with approved papers that thrill our Canberra desk-jockeys. On the other hand, evil, evil, evil boat-people throw away the papers that thrill our desk-jockeys and turn-up without any grog at all, that`s anti-Australian and shows boat-people would never fit-in at Anzac-day or Grand-Finals. #PutThatOnMyTeaShirtTwo

  37. December 20, 2013 10:30 am

    Hey TB Have you heard Fred, he works for the Diplomatic corps…Amazin bloke is an understatement.

  38. IPA permalink
    December 20, 2013 12:16 pm

    Tele: Manus MP claims asylum seekers are appearing in ‘sickening’ XXX porn videos with local girls

  39. December 20, 2013 12:53 pm

    This is pretty bloody disgraceful…

    And despite Morrison’s abhorrent treatment of asylum seekers, the boats still keep coming.

    When will the Coalition admit that the so-called “Operation Sovereign Borders” as been a monumental failure and gross misuse of military defence forces?

    A group of doctors has revealed the shocking standard of medical care they are made to provide asylum seekers at the Christmas Island detention centre in a 92-page “letter of concern” given to their employer in November.

    The forensic report, written by 15 doctors and obtained by Guardian Australia, is the most comprehensive document yet on the failings of medical procedure inside detention centres and is a damning indictment of the Australian government’s care for refugees.

    The report documents “numerous unsafe practices and gross departures from generally accepted medical standards which have posed significant risk to patients and caused considerable harm”.

    It paints a vivid picture of the indignity of detention through distressing and detailed case studies

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/revealed-doctors-outrage-over-unsafe-refugee-patients

  40. IPA permalink
    December 20, 2013 1:11 pm

    Neil will be interested in this.

  41. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 20, 2013 3:34 pm

    The entire political history of this issue is a disgrace, Abbott is a disgrace, Morrison is a disgrace, Gillrd, Rudd, Bowen’s effort…all disgraceful.

    It’s a disgrace.

  42. TB Queensland permalink
    December 20, 2013 7:48 pm

    There are none so blind who cannot see …

  43. December 20, 2013 9:04 pm

    ASYLUM seekers on Manus Island have starred in a “truly sickening” XXX-rated pornographic video with young local women on the island, a PNG politician has claimed.

    Federal government security contractor G4S yesterday said it was “very concerned” about the allegations at its processing centre after Manus MP Ronny Knight slammed the centre as “out of control” while detailing how he had seen the mobile phone-captured video.

    Mr Knight, who has been a critic of the detention centre, could not be contacted yesterday but reportedly posted about the video on his Facebook page and threatened to take the footage to Australian authorities in PNG.

    “I just viewed a shocking phone video of the XXX-rated type featuring asylum seekers in the camp and young Manus girls working there!” Mr Knight said.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/manus-mp-claims-asylum-seekers-are-appearing-in-sickening-xxx-porn-videos-with-local-girls/story-fni0cx12-1226787011007

    .
    this smells like `culture-war` lpad`osy, have we got another source.?
    .
    TB, there is none so blind as he who will not see #justSayin`

  44. TB Queensland permalink
    December 21, 2013 8:36 pm

    … but reportedly posted about the video on his Facebook page and threatened to take the footage to Australian authorities in PNG.

    So he should not threaten he should DO IT!

    Weak as piss … typical …

    I lived in PNG for over twelve months and worked there between 1988 and 2000 … polticians are worse there than here …

    Just sayin’ … 😦

  45. December 23, 2013 9:03 pm

    7.48pm #sillyOldFart 🙂

  46. egg permalink
    December 29, 2013 4:10 pm

    ‘Bulgarians and Romanians will flock to Britain in far greater numbers than forecast as our economy races ahead of the rest of Europe, a secret report predicts.

    ‘After immigration controls are lifted this week, Britons could find their jobs are squeezed in some areas – while community tensions could rise as the new wave of migrants fight for work with other Eastern Europeans who have been settled in Britain for a decade, it suggests.

    ‘The Home Office-funded review – obtained by The Mail on Sunday – also suggests that the UK could lose out financially if low-paid Bulgarians and Romanians drive out Poles on higher wages, who pay more tax.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2530503/Exposed-What-DIDNT-tell-new-wave-migrants-heading-booming-Britain.html#ixzz2opzDd5yd
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