Refugee found dead on Manus Island - reports

7:58 pm on 7 August 2017

Reports from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say a refugee detained there has died.

Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. Photo: Behrouz Boochani

The man is understood to have taken his own life.

A Kurdish journalist who is among those detained on Manus, Behrouz Boochani said other refugees found the man's body this morning.

Mr Boochani said the man had been sick for a long time.

The Guardian reported the man's body was found in a forested area near the East Lorengau refugee transit centre.

It reported he had been suffering an acute mental health crisis for more than a year.

The Manus provincial police chief, Inspector David Yapu, confirmed the death and said a crime scene had been established.

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