Burnings Bring Attention to Asylum-Seekers in Australian Camps
A 21-year old Somali refugee is critically injured after setting herself on fire on Nauru, a tiny South Pacific republic.
Australia operates a detention camp on the island.
Some people are criticizing Australia for its refugee policy. However, Australia has said refugee supporters are putting pressure on migrants to harm themselves for the attention it will bring.
The 21-year old refugee Hodan Yasin has been taken to a hospital in the Australian city of Brisbane. She is in a critical condition after setting herself on fire Monday.
Refugee advocates say the injured woman was distressed after she was sent back to the South Pacific island. Before this incident, she had received medical treatment in Australia for injuries from a road accident.
Last week, a 23-year old Iranian asylum seeker died after he set himself on fire at the migrant center on Nauru.
It is one of two camps operated by Australia as part of a policy to stop asylum seekers from reaching its northern waters by boat. Even if detainees are found to be refugees, they are not permitted to resettle in Australia.
Australian Greens party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says her country is not supporting people who need help.
"They have been found to be refugees, therefore they deserve to be looked after and given an opportunity to rebuild their lives. We should not be having languishing on Nauru even now, let alone for years and years to come. We should end this suffering and bring these people to Australia and allow them to get on with their lives."
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused refugee supporters of increasing tensions on Nauru. He says they have encouraged migrants to take extreme measures to try to force Australia to change its border protection policies.
Australia sends Asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by sea to either Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to Nauru.
Officials in the capital Canberra say the policy has reduced the steady flow of migrants trying to reach Australia by boat.
Last week, the government of Papua New Guinea said it would close the Australian facility on Manus Island after the country's Supreme Court ruled it illegal.
Also, media reports say a boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers has reportedly arrived on the Cocos Islands, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. If the arrival is confirmed, it would be the first refugee ship to have reached Australian waters in almost two years.
I'm Mario Ritter.
1.set on fire 焚烧；纵火
The building was set on fire yesterday.
2.asylum seekers 难民
Fewer than 7% of asylum seekers are accepted as political refugees.
3.refugee policy 难民政策
The Commission had also been involved in a campaign to raise public awareness about immigration and refugee policy.
4.detention camp 拘留营
He spent six months in a detention camp on an island off the coast of Italy.
1.He says they have encouraged migrants to take extreme measures to try to force Australia to change its border protection policies.
take measures 采取措施
We should take measures adapted to local conditions so as to improve our work.
The government is urged to take measures to combat the spread of aids.
2.She is in a critical condition after setting herself on fire Monday.
in critical condition 情况危急
The doctors managed to resuscitate her, but she remained in a critical condition.
He remains hospitalized, in critical condition, with severe pneumonia.
有民众指责澳大利亚当局的难民政策 。但澳大利亚政府表示难民支持者们施加的舆论压力正在伤害着难民 。
21岁的侯丹被紧急送往澳大利亚布里斯班医院 。周一她通过自焚抗议，目前生命垂危 。
据难民支持者描述，侯丹被遣返回瑙鲁后痛苦不堪 。此前，她因一场严重车祸被送往澳大利亚本土就医 。
澳大利亚政府为禁止难民乘船从北部海域入境建立了两处离岸难民中心，其中一处位于瑙鲁 。滞留在澳大利亚境内的难民一经发现也会被遣返 。
“既然是难民就应该被悉心照料并有机会重建新的生活 。此刻就不该让他们在瑙鲁煎熬度日，更别提以后了 。我们应该终结这场灾难，接纳他们，让他们开始全新的生活 。”
澳移民部长皮特·达顿指责难民支持者们加剧了瑙鲁的紧张局势 。他们鼓动难民采取极端措施逼迫澳政府更改边境保护政策 。
此外，据媒体报道一艘载有斯里兰卡难民的船只到达澳大利亚在印度洋上的海外领地科科斯群岛 。若消息属实，这将成为两年来首批到达澳大利亚海域的船只 。