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Villawood 4a - The Violence of 'Removals'

Deathscapes

The Violence of ‘Removals’

On 20 September 2010, Josefa Rauluni, a Fijian man imprisoned in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC), leapt to his death on the very day he was due to be deported. On the same day, the Immigration Department released a paper documenting the fact that self-harm in Australia’s detention centres had quadrupled in the past year.

Josefa Rauluni had worked as a fruit picker in the farms of regional Australia. He was sending the money he earned back to his wife and children in Fiji. He was arrested in August 2010 for overstaying his visa and was imprisoned at Villawood.

Rauluni’s death must be situated with the regime of deportations of asylum seekers back to the unsafe conditions from whence they fled.

 

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‘Don’t come any closer or I will jump…I know you are just doing your job and you are trying to help but I would rather die than to be returned to my country’

Josefa Rauluni


‘You are still going to the airport. You are going to the airport, Josefa. Alright. You’ve got one last final warning, otherwise force is going to be used, Josefa.’

Ms Aiono-Laga (Serco Client Service Manager for Operations of the Transport and Escorts at VIDC)


‘OK. Come on Josefa. Come on. Either come down the easy way or we are going to come up. The boys will come up and you jump and …’

Ms Aiono-Laga (Serco Client Service Manager for Operations of the Transport and Escorts at VIDC)


 


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