Manus Island cartoonist ends hunger strike

1:52 pm on 20 February 2017

An award winning cartoonist detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has ended his 19 day hunger strike.

Iranian refugee and cartoonist Ali's work portrays his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Iranian refugee and cartoonist Eaten Fish's work portrays his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo: Ali/Eaten Fish

The 24-year-old from Iran known as Eaten Fish was protesting a decision to move him from isolation back to the main compound with detainees alleged to have sexually assaulted him.

In a post on Facebook Eaten Fish said he needed protection and proper treatment for post traumatic stress and obsessive compulsive disorders.

He said he now weighs just 46 kilograms, is close to losing body parts and can't stop thinking about committing suicide.

The Guardian reported Eaten Fish is one of 60 asylum seekers to be served with forced deportation orders, after his application for refugee status was rejected by PNG.

But his supporters said Eaten Fish was unable to complete the refugee status interview due to panic attacks.

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