Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA – An Australian Bishop: “Refugees live in inhuman conditions”
Port Moresby – “I’ve heard of the precarious conditions of refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea. However, after meeting some of them, I realized that the situation in which they live is inhuman and dehumanizing: their history of suffering touched me a lot. Meeting the asylum seekers also gave me the opportunity to express our solidarity and the support, prayers and goodwill of the Australian people, which has a great tradition in the care of migrants and refugees. I am grateful for this meeting, but I am worried about their condition”. This is what Mgr. Vincent Van Long, OFM, Bishop of the Diocese of Paramatta, Australia, and responsible for the Commission for migrants and refugees in the Australian Bishops’ Conference said in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, after their visit to Papua Nuova Guinea and the meeting with some refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island.