MSF Urges Australia to Evacuate Refugees from Offshore Detention Centers

Nauru’s government says it can meet the mental health needs of residents as well as refugees and asylum seekers detained in an Australian-run immigration facility.  The camp has been used to hold unauthorized migrants caught trying to reach Australia by boat.   On Friday, the Nauru government told Medecins Sans Frontieres staff that they had to leave the island. In response, MSF said conditions on the tiny Pacific republic were “beyond desperate.” The medical charity says it is concerned for the more than 100 asylum seekers and refugee children on Nauru, citing fears about post-traumatic stress, attempted suicide and self-harm.    “We make no mistake.  MSF is extremely concerned for the on-going mental health of all our patients remaining on the island, including asylum seekers and refugees who remain in a complete state of  hopelessness and despair," says Paul McPhun, executive director at MSF Australia. "MSF calls for the immediate...


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