The Undesirables: Inside Nauru

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Descriptions : i How long will we be here one man asked i br br i Nobody could answer him Nobody knew The intention was clear this was the No Advantage policy Take them to a distant island lock them awayunish them forget about them Criminals were given a sentence to serve these men were not even given that Lost hope ebbed out of the men in uncontrollable sobs and tears i br br Queue jumper boat person illegals Asylum seekers are contentious front page news but obtaining information about Australias regional processing centres is increasingly difficult We learn only what the government wants us to know br br Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army inside the Nauru Detention Centre soon after it re opened in He provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp What he saw there moved him to speak out br br i The Undesirables i chronicles his time on Nauru detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there the self harm suicide attempts and riots the rare moments of joy the moments of deep despair br br Mark s eyewitness account humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric br br b About the author b br br Mark Isaacs became impassioned by the asylum seeker debate after a visit to Villawood Detention Centre while writing for Oxfam Months later in October Mark was employed by the Salvation Army to work at the regional processing centre in Nauru While there Mark established the Recreations program and Oceans program for asylum seekers He eventually resigned from the Salvation Army in June and spoke out publicly against the government s No Advantage policy










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