Social Issues

Life on Manus Island – Amir Taghinia

Posted on: Wed 19 Apr 2017

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting at Manus Island Detention Centre which was allegedly committed by PNG Defence Force Personnel on April 14 2017.

Amir Taghinia has been in detention in Manus Island for four years, having fled his home country of Iran for converting to Christianity. He said, “people who attacked the Centre were the PNG defence force. This is almost happening everyday…they are normally drunk…it is becoming an epidemic to attack refugees.”

Fear and intimidation is a regular experience in detention, according to many detainees. Taghinia said, “the other issue is the Police; Australian Wilson guards have assaulted the guys, they have done serious assaults and crimes that were never reported.”

So, how does this affect their way of life and well-being? Taghinia said the whole living experience on Manus Island is intimidation and fear.

Jennie Lenman spoke with Amir Taghinia to hear his story.

Listen to hear the full story:

Produced by Jennie Lenman

With thanks to award-winning oral history project Behind the Wire for putting us in touch. Amir has a story in Behind the Wire’s book, ‘They Cannot Take the Sky‘.

Photo by Behrooz Boochani (supplied)

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