Today, the Manus Island detention centre, which houses about 600 men intercepted attempting to enter Australia, officially closes. The water, food, and electricity are being cut off. Medication for the 88% of detainees found suffering from depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder is no longer being handed out. There have been problems with the sewage for days. The staff are gone. Fearing violence from locals or the military, hundreds of men are refusing to leave, launching legal action, collecting rainwater and barricading themselves inside. The detention centre is to be converted to a Papua New Guinea military base -- a notification from the PNG immigration and citizenship authority tells anyone choosing to stay will be liable for removal.
What you need to know about Manus Island
Greens Senator Nick McKim, the only Australian politician on Manus to watch the detention centre close, calls it an "escalating humanitarian emergency".