19 Dec 2019

Refugees in PNG's Bomana face grim conditions

From , 5:02 am on 19 December 2019

An Australian refugee advocate, Carolina Gottardo, says the people incarcerated in Papua New Guinea's Bomana detention centre have found themselves in a grim environment.

Ms Gottardo is the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service and has had regular contact with the refugees and asylum seekers, who, until earlier this year, were held on Manus Island, at the behest of the Australia government.

They have been moved to Port Moresby - some are in hostel accommodation, unsuccessful attempts have been made to move others into houses in the community and about 50 were placed in a new detention centre built next to Bomana jail.

Ms Gottardo told Don Wiseman the number of inmates in Bomana is down to 36 but those people remaining face even worse conditions than they confronted on Manus.

Bomana Correctional Facility, Papua New Guinea

Bomana Correctional Facility, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

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