‘Darkness surrounds me’: Nauru child refugee paints pictures of despair

A succession of psychiatrists and doctors who have attempted to treat Ahoora have consistently reported it is his detention on Nauru that is damaging his mental health. He has a series of behavioural tics and, when frightened, chews his clothing until he disintegrates it. He is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder exacerbated by his continued detention and the absence of any hope for his future.


Manus and Nauru do not stop the boats, say asylum seekers in Indonesia

‘‘Making [Nauru and Manus] like a zoo that everyone is seeing around the world, [saying] ‘Don’t come to Australia or else this happens to you’ – this is not the thing that is impacting people not to come,’’ said Mozhgan Moarefizadeh, an Iranian refugee and advocate.


Refugee children on Nauru are Googling how to kill themselves, whistleblower warns

"Am I concerned that children could die in Nauru, that some of these refugee children could die? I'm absolutely concerned about that. I'm reasonably surprised that no-one has," said Dr Vernon Reynolds, a former child psychiatrist on the island employed by the Australian Government's contractor, International Health and Medical Services (IHMS).