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The controversy revolves around approximately 900 individuals sent to Nauru by the Australian government since 2013. They arrived in Australia by boat, coming from such countries as Iran, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Syria; the government sent them buy canada goose jacket to Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Most of them have canada goose coats been there four years.

Canada Goose Outlet “Let’s be very, very clear. They’re trapped on a rock in the middle of the Pacific,” Paul McPhun, MSF Australia’s executive director, told NPR in a phone interview. These asylum seekers and refugees have no passports and few opportunities for education canada goose and work, he said. McPhun has also said there were buy canada goose jacket cheap instances of physical and canada goose coats on sale sexual abuse among that population. Canada Goose Outlet

buy canada goose jacket Eleven months ago, MSF (the acronym for Doctors Without Borders’ French name) began providing free mental health care on Nauru. Despite MSF’s efforts Canada Goose Online the mental health situation among asylum seekers and refugees on the island has reached a “critical level,” said McPhun. At least 78 MSF patients on Nauru have had suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide since the group began offering treatment, he said. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose online The dispute surfaced on October 5 when the government of Nauru told MSF Canada Goose sale their care was “no longer required” and asked its team of seven health workers to cease providing psychological and psychiatric services within 24 hours. Canada Goose online

buy canada goose jacket cheap Nauru said that care is being provided canada goose uk outlet by the 65 health professionals, including 33 mental health professionals, contracted by the Australian government to work with the asylum seekers and refugees on the island. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose black friday sale At issue, according canada goose clearance sale to the government, was the scope of MSF’s work. On October 12, the government Canada Goose Coats On Sale of Nauru issued a statement charging that MSF did not meet the commitment it had made to provide health services for the local population canada goose uk shop of some cheap canada goose uk 13,000 Nauruans and instead tried to further its political advocacy agenda by focusing on refugees and asylum seekers. canada goose black friday sale

MSF vehemently disagrees with the government’s claims. In an email to NPR on October 12, MSF’s humanitarian specialist on displacement, canada goose uk black friday Aurelie Ponthieu, wrote, “Medecins Sans Frontieres’ only agenda on Nauru was to provide the best medical and mental health care to Nauruans, asylum seekers and refugees on the island and alleviate their suffering.

canada goose clearance sale “Make no mistake MSF is extremely concerned for the ongoing mental health for all of our patients canadian goose jacket on Canada Goose Parka the island,” McPhun said during an MSF press conference in Sydney on October 11. He was joined at the press conference by Christine Rufener, an American clinical psychologist who has worked with MSF in various locations, including Nauru, and Dr. Beth O’Connor, a MSF psychiatrist who worked in Nauru for the 11 months that services were offered. canada goose clearance sale

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Asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru had lost all hope for a meaningful future, according to Rufener. refugee agency, corroborates MSF’s assessment of the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru.

“Our assessments, including that of consultant medical experts, is that the mental health situation has now reached crisis point,” Catherine Stubberfield told NPR. She is the spokesperson for the UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra, Australia.

MSF and UNHCR are adamantly calling for the immediate evacuation of all asylum seekers and refugees from Nauru as well as an end to Australia’s policy of indefinite offshore detention.

McPhun says it’s important to emphasize that if the asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru are removed but put in detention elsewhere, they will not be able to recover.

Canada Goose Parka “In terms of the time frame in which people should now be moved, the situation could not be more urgent,” Stubberfield said. “It has now reached a precipice.” Canada Goose Parka

canada goose coats on sale The refugees and asylum seekers should be brought to Australia to prevent further tragedy and loss, Stubberfield told NPR. People who have sought Australia’s protection remain the country’s responsibility under international law, she said. canada goose coats on sale

canada goose “Australia must be held accountable for this policy that it has established, financed and managed for more than five years,” Stubberfield said. canada goose

canada goose store In its statement on October 11 through the Department of Home Canada Goose Outlet Affairs, the Australian government said MSF’s removal from Nauru is “a matter for Canada Goose Jackets the Government of Nauru.” The Australian government has not yet responded to Canada Goose online the latest calls to move the asylum seekers and refugees off of Nauru canada goose store.

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