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« on: October 11, 2018, 09:57:11 am »

Shameful on the Australian voters, at least we didn’t give Trump a plurality.
Nauru is one of two Pacific nations where Australia detains hundreds of asylum seekers intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat, a policy widely criticized by the United Nations and rights groups.

MSF, one of the few groups to independently assess refugees at the restricted facilities, provided mental health care to asylum seekers and Nauru residents until the Pacific nation canceled its contract on Oct. 5.

“During our time on the island, we witnessed a significant deterioration of mental health among our asylum seeker and refugee patients,” Paul McPhun, executive director of the medical aid group, told reporters in Sydney.

Children are among those affected by mental heath issues, he said, although he did not give a specific number.

“Many children exist in a semi-comatose state, unable to eat, drink and talk,” said McPhun, adding that some children required intravenous fluid drips.

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