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Omid Masoumali 14d - Self-Immolation

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Self-Immolation: an outcome of ‘deterrence’

At a small protest at night inside the Nauru camp, after the deaths of Omid Masoumali and Rakib Khan, men hold two banners that read "Stop Torture Release Us" and "Omid Happy Freedom". Others hold photos of Omid, Hodan and Rakib. Tents frame the photo with a fence visible in the background.[imagecaption] Protest on Nauru, 2016. [/imagecaption]

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‘The ocean and the mountains could save your heart and keep you alive but Australia couldn’t. Your heart will recover because you are beautiful, Hodan.’

for Hodan by ‘Mabsud’, detained on Manus


‘The water is give me a chance, the Australian government does not give me  chance…’

Khodayar Amini, self-immolated in Dandenong in 2015


Days after Omid’s death, a young Somali refugee, Hodan self-immolated after being returned to Nauru from Australia. She was transferred to Brisbane in a  critical condition. Evidence was later given in a senate inquiry that following Omid’s death up to fifty similar threats or attempts to self-immolate were made. There has also been several cases of asylum seekers self-immolating in Australia, particularly people living in limbo in the community on temporary visas. This indicates parallels between Australia’s policies of ‘deterrence’ and the anti-refugee policies that operate onshore.


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