May 29, 2014

Inside Manus Island: expect crime, violence and deadly disease in PNG, detainees told

The Citizen journalists Rose Iser, Bec Zajac, Michael Roddan and Chris Shearer report on information being given to asylum seekers about PNG.

Asylum seekers detained on Manus Island were told that Papua New Guinea was dangerous, impoverished and corrupt as part of education sessions about the resettlement country.

Six PowerPoint modules seen by The Citizen were used to “educate” asylum seekers about life in PNG. The slides and accompanying notes painted a picture of a country plagued by crime, random violence and deadly diseases.

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16 thoughts on “Inside Manus Island: expect crime, violence and deadly disease in PNG, detainees told

  1. paddy

    Sickening and shameful.
    What sort of country have we become?

  2. Yclept

    We are just some multinational subsidiary!

  3. Pamela

    Alongside this threatening stuff, are loony tunes IHMS “counsellors” taking groups for “mindfulness” and “positive thinking”.
    With the increase in numbers, individual counselling was abandoned and the counsellors ran group therapy instead.

    Driving people crazy is the Name of the Game.

  4. Brian Williams

    While I’m not thrilled with the way the govt has handled this problem, I’ve got to say that the conditions in which the refugees are living doesn’t look any worse than that which I endured backpacking around Europe in the 1980s, except that I actually had to pay to do it.

  5. mikeb

    In what condition were the toilet and washroom facilities when originally installed? How did they end up in their current condition?

  6. Stuart Coyle

    I do hope that the Salvation Army staff doing the breifing also mentioned that they may also beat the prisoners…sorry ‘detainees’.

  7. Suzanne Blake

    How about covering what the detainees call the PNG people through the fence!! No boats in 6 months, that has saved lives, and saved us billions in costs

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  9. MarilynJS

    Brian, you are really, really stupid.

  10. Pamela

    Problem with toilets is no water- cant flush.
    Many folks from Middle east use water not paper.
    Water bottles used to try to clean.
    Also Contractors refuse to give men any cleaning products, cloths etc to clean the facilities on basis that someone might drink it.
    The metal cage floor is a nice post modern touch.

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