I have received this disturbing report from Nauru. It is all the more disturbing given that the Republic of Nauru has been boasting on Twitter that the camps there are open, and people are free to come and go as they choose. (see @Republic_Nauru Follow what they say). Note that the suggestion that people held on Nauru are “free”stands awkwardly with the fact that they are not allowed access to phones. That, coupled with the Australian Border Force Act (which threatens people working in the detention system with 2 years’ gaol if they disclose facts they learn while working in detention) shows beyond argument that Australia and its puppet Nauru are determined to make sure Australians do not learn the truth about our detention system.
Here’s the latest report:
“I have heard some very frightening and distressing stories about events last night in women’s detention in #Nauru.
22 February 2016. 1.12 am. Nauru. Women’s tent.
The guards blacked out the women’s tent by cutting the power.
Then fourteen male guards and one female guard entered the tent. Women screamed in terror.
Two women in the single women’s tent were strip searched. They were screaming . One had a phone in her bra. A total of five people in the women’s tent had phones taken. Communications with the camp have been cut.
A woman has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. When she heard the piercing screams, she suffered a heart attack. With no ECG machine available, it is impossible to reliably diagnose or treat cardiac emergencies. She spent some time in IHMS and was sent back to the camp.
A young woman was recently arrested for taking a piece of fruit from the dining room and at the time was seen dragged by her hair and beaten by Nauruan Police, leaving visible injuries. Terrified by the 1:12 am raid, she slashed her wrists and her body. She too was treated by IHMS and sent back to camp.
I know this is a true account of what happened.
Please share widely.”
“Most of the women have histories of serious trauma. They would have experienced extreme post-traumatic stress reactions to the massed invasion into the blacked-out room of sleeping women. Any person would have experienced great terror. I can’t imagine what went through the minds of those women who have already been assaulted, or witnessed assaults, by gangs of men in uniform.
The woman who had a heart attack is also severely depressed … so depressed is she, she believes they want to kill her so she won’t leave her room
She is now 32 kg and her BP is so low, she can barely lift her head from the pillow. I am baffled how or why she was sent back to the camp.”