Refugee advocates want pregnant asylum seeker removed from ‘inhumane conditions’ on Nauru

Hazara Asylum Seekers

October 12, 2013

Refugee advocates say a pregnant asylum seeker being held on Nauru needs specialised care, which is not available on the island.

The Iranian woman who is carrying twins is believed to be six months pregnant, and advocates say she should be taken off the island.

Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition says the woman’s family have told him she is being held at the family camp.

“She was okay the last I heard, but as I said, [we are] just concerned about how the conditions on Nauru are going to affect her and her baby and her health,” he said.

Part of the hospital on Nauru was destroyed by fire in August, affecting the pharmacy, medical stores and X-ray unit, but the maternity ward was not affected.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has outlined what maternity facilities are at the hospital.

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