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He's The Last Man Standing On Refugee Island And Costs Australia 8m A Year
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-6-2006 | Nick Squires

Posted on 10/05/2006 6:26:40 PM PDT by blam

He's the last man standing on refugee island and costs Australia £8m a year

By Nick Squires in Sydney
(Filed: 06/10/2006)

He is possibly the loneliest refugee in the world and he is being maintained at a cost of £8 million a year.

Mohammed Sagar has spent the past five years living in a detention camp on Nauru, a sun-baked rock in the middle of the south Pacific.

He was one of 1,500 refugees from the Middle East and Afghanistan sent to the near-bankrupt republic under Australia's so-called Pacific Solution to boatloads of people fleeing their homelands.

They were intercepted by the navy trying to reach Australia in rickety fishing boats in 2001 and 2002 and sent to Nauru, an eight-square mile blob just south of the equator.

The vast majority of the asylum seekers have either been granted refugee status and settled in other countries, or sent back to their homes.

Until recently only two remained: Sagar, 30, a Shia Muslim from Najaf in Iraq, and another Iraqi refugee named Mohammad Faisal, 26, who last month became suicidal and was evacuated to a hospital in Brisbane.

Sagar was then on his own, with only Australian officials and security guards for (non-verbal) company and the occasional Nauruan government official. There are now fears that Sagar is also beginning to lose his mind.

He has set up a website to document his incarceration, www.leftonnauru.com, which includes pictures of the deserted refugee camp he inhabits. "Can you imagine how horrible this nightmare is?" he writes. "Just imagine that you are alone in a place where you can't even find anybody to talk to.

"Detention … means that you do not own your life any more, or in other words, you can't feel alive any more."

Sagar lives in a small cabin outside the gates of the refugee camp. He is free to wander the island and has even worked part-time as a computer technician at a local college. Many Nauruans feel sorry for him. He was studying microbiology in Iraq but says he had to flee in 1997 because of persecution by Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime.

Sagar is stuck in legal limbo — although judged to be a genuine refugee by Australian immigration authorities, the country's intelligence agencies have ruled that he is "a risk to national security".

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has given no reason for its assessment and yesterday declined to answer questions on the case.

Not only will Australia not accept Sagar as a refugee, the ruling acts as a deterrent to any other nation throwing open its doors.

This week, Australia's opposition Labour Party called for the refugee camp on Nauru, which costs £8 million annually to maintain, to be closed.

Australia's third party, the Democrats, also condemned the treatment of the two refugees.

"This is literally like something out of a Franz Kafka novel," Andrew Bartlett, the deputy leader, said.

"They can't go back to Iraq, they can't go to any other country, they can't appeal the security assessment, and they can't even find out what it's about. I think that would drive anybody crazy."

Even Nauru, a former British colony devastated by decades of phosphate strip mining and which now relies on the detention centre as its main source of income, is frustrated with the situation and wants to see Sagar released.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 8m; australia; island; last; man; million; nauru; refugee; standing; year

1 posted on 10/05/2006 6:26:40 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Why can't he go back to Iraq?


2 posted on 10/05/2006 6:28:57 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (De inimico non loquaris sed cogites)
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To: blam; leda
You gotta laugh. Give me some paper, a pen, a few text books...hey, how do you sign up for this?

Ach, tja - my maths profs used to say I was wierd.

3 posted on 10/05/2006 6:32:17 PM PDT by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: blam

"and has even worked part-time as a computer technician at a local college"

Did I miss something?


4 posted on 10/05/2006 6:33:07 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Yeah, that's what I'm wondering too. Maybe he has made statements like wanting to kill Australians, etc, when they have troops in Iraq now.


5 posted on 10/05/2006 6:34:12 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: blam

Dealing with Muslims is...always expensive.


6 posted on 10/05/2006 6:36:40 PM PDT by VOA
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To: blam; Aussie Dasher; All

OH AD do you want this guy running around your country LOL!


7 posted on 10/05/2006 6:37:45 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: nuconvert

I just looked at his website and it's just about software. Strange, I thought it was supposed to have pics and entries documenting his situation.


8 posted on 10/05/2006 6:37:54 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: blam
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has given no reason for its assessment and yesterday declined to answer questions on the case.
Who writes this crap? No government is obligated to "give explanations" for its national security actions to any nutcase group that demands one. In free society, that can change by the democratic process; or not.

Not only will Australia not accept Sagar as a refugee, the ruling acts as a deterrent to any other nation throwing open its doors.
Well, then, that is an entirely different problem, isn't it?
Why aren't "all other nations" assumed to have their own standards for what are deemed "national" security issues without attempting inferences that Australia does, or should make that decision for them?

Only irrational, self-styled "human rights" neurotic moonbats employ that logic.

9 posted on 10/05/2006 6:37:59 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: blam

blam, no offense, but your keywords are weird. They're supposed to be themes of the article, not bits of the headline.

Maybe "Nauru", "Australia", "Sagar", "Immigration". Something like that. Keywords are what some people use to find articles related to a particular issue. Nobody is going to search for this article using "8M" as a keyword.


10 posted on 10/05/2006 6:38:52 PM PDT by Dammit
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To: KJC1

http://www.leftonnauru.com/photos.html


11 posted on 10/05/2006 6:41:22 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: KJC1
I get the feeling that we are not hearing the whole story.
12 posted on 10/05/2006 6:41:25 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (De inimico non loquaris sed cogites)
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To: nuconvert

Thanks.
Maybe it's just my computer but all I got with that link is an error message.


13 posted on 10/05/2006 6:46:07 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: KJC1

pardon me for not giving a sh**te about him, hers or its. I never heard of him. Socially speaking he is a retard or worse.


14 posted on 10/05/2006 6:49:15 PM PDT by mathurine (ua)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
There HAS to be more to this. The Australian government likely has sound information that the man is a no-kidding security risk or has been involved in some vile activities that make him an undesirable immigrant. The fact that no other country, including a newly Democratic Iraq, will take him raises even more questions.

But the leftists in Australia think he's just swell.

15 posted on 10/05/2006 6:49:45 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: KJC1

hmmm...works fine for me.

How about trying here and clicking on "Photos at the camp"

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=www.leftonnauru.com&btnG=Google+Search


16 posted on 10/05/2006 6:56:51 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Dammit; Admin Moderator
"blam, no offense, but your keywords are weird. They're supposed to be themes of the article, not bits of the headline."

"Maybe "Nauru", "Australia", "Sagar", "Immigration". Something like that. Keywords are what some people use to find articles related to a particular issue. Nobody is going to search for this article using "8M" as a keyword."

Well, This is my record:

You've posted a total of 7,565 threads and 48,128 replies.

I have had a total of six people complain. The last was an admin moderator last night.

Thank you. You're the only one who has explained what I should be doing. I always thought it had to be the words in the title so that a search would turn-up this article and not have duplicate posts. And, I have always thought that the more words from the title would ensure better success.

Now I understand, it should be words that represent the article and not just the title.

Now, maybe people will stop bitchin' at me Dammit! (I'm laughing at myself)

Thanks again.

17 posted on 10/05/2006 7:07:04 PM PDT by blam
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To: nuconvert

Thank you, I appreciate it.

I have no idea why the first link didn't work for me, since it was the same URL of the pics, LOL.


18 posted on 10/05/2006 7:09:28 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: blam
"They can't go back to Iraq, they can't go to any other country, they can't appeal the security assessment, and they can't even find out what it's about. I think that would drive anybody crazy."

Well, if all it takes is to make a statement to make somethng true, I can play that game...

...He can't stay in Australia.

Next cosmic problem...

19 posted on 10/05/2006 7:26:32 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: blam

Ok... so he's lonely. I know how to resolve this.

Let's send the other 1.5 billion of his mates to join him.

Definitely a win-win, the way I see it. :-)


20 posted on 10/05/2006 7:53:03 PM PDT by rock_lobsta (Offending liberals since 1993)
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To: blam; nuconvert

I just noticed something.

Since this article was written in "The Telegraph UK" and as this article suggests Nauru to be a British Colony (even an ex one!), perhaps, the UK would be kind enough to take to give this refugee man a home rather than harp about it.


21 posted on 10/06/2006 7:14:00 PM PDT by odds
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