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BREAKING: An Asylum Seeker Has Died On Manus Island

Police are confirming that an asylum seeker has died on Manus Island.

Manus Island Police Commander David Yapu spoke to Fairfax Media saying, “We had a suicide of a refugee at the Lorengau hospital in the early hours of this morning.”

This is the second suicide to occur on Manus Island in the past two months.

Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition, has said that there are currently no facilities on the island that are properly equipped for dealing with mentally distressed people.

“The death has increased the anxiety and distress among all the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus as they struggle with their own circumstances,” he said.

“There are two other extremely mentally distressed people who urgently need assistance.”

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been contacted however, he is yet to comment on the situation.

More as we get it.

If you find the content in this story distressing you can contact Lifeline on 131 114.

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