Manus Island refugees still short of water, food and power
"Because of that, the first week many people got sick.
"We haven’t got bottled water in at least three or four days."
The Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani said there had been no running water in the East Lorengau Transit Centre since Wednesday morning.
Refugees at East Lorengau waited all day yesterday for water to be delivered by tanker, according to Mr Boochani.
He said the men there also queued for hours to receive food on Tuesday and Wednesday.
New Report highlights refugees’ poor health The shortages reported by refugees emphasis the findings of a new report by Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
The report said the long term accommodation of refugees was not tenable on Manus due to the lack of food, healthcare and services to support the men.
The report, which stemmed from a visit to the island last month by advocates from the centre, estimated about 150 of the men were suffering from serious illnesses.
"It was very clear that most of the medical problems are associated with people being detained in a remote island with lack of water, a lack of access to medical care or proper hygiene and sanitation," said the centre’s Jana Favero.
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