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October 16, 2012

Film screening

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

PACIFIC DESPAIR

The story of detention on Nauru last time

6pm Monday 22 October
NSW Teachers federation building 23-33 Mary st, Surry Hills (walking distance from Central station)

Under the Howard government journalists were banned from entering Nauru. But in 2003, SBS Dateline’s Bronwyn Adcock managed to gain entry to the island nation.

After detention centre guards abandoned the camp following a protest by detainees, she slipped under the wire with her video camera and was invited into the camp by detainees, gaining unprecedented access to film the conditions inside detention.

As the Gillard government reopens the same camp used on Nauru last time, this report gives a unique insight into the conditions faced by asylum seekers on Nauru.

“I want to get out of here. We’re so tired. We’re tired, we can’t take it any more. Yesterday my son wanted to put his hand in the electricity. You can record that. He wanted to electrocute himself. It’s been a month since we had food, water, cigarettes, doctor… What have we done? What have we done wrong? Where are humanity and human rights? Where’s Australia?” (Sadisa, detainee on Nauru, interviewed in Pacific Despair).

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