One man is dead. 77 are injured. Several are missing in the jungle with possible injuries
People working for the facility (the Australian guards) have been evacuated to the boat provided for their safety, leaving the asylum seekers without protection from the mobs of locals and PNG police and militia who broke in to the prison.
It seems like the scenes we see played out in Afghanistan, or the Congo, or Sudan. The exception being that WE are the care givers here! WE abduct these men and hold them hostage on Manus and now we’ve left them to a fate, decided by disgruntled locals and underpaid local police.
The Government tells us:
WE are in charge.
WE decide what happens to the asylum seekers who seek our help
WE have a duty to protect our sovereignty and our borders.
IT DOES NOT TALK ABOUT:
OUR duty of care.
OUR signature ratifying the right to seek asylum and our DUTY to provide shelter and assistance.
Our willingness to use our navy and military for political point-scoring.
Our willingness to turn a blind eye…
Our desire to punish the weak and desperate.
The lies it tells us and the vilification it perpetrates on those who speak up.
The crimes it commits in our name.
What is happening on Manus Island is a crime. We are breaching our international obligations and allowing people in our care and protection to be killed and beaten, or to run for their lives in terror.
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE!
It’s time to stop this moral emphysema. This decay of soul.
Time is running out for the men on Manus.
Tonight I wonder who will be waiting for them in the darkness with machetes.