Report: Refugee Found Dead On Manus Island

Report: man had been suffering an acute mental health crisis for more than a year, took his own life

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 07, 2017) – Reports from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say a refugee detained there has died.

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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