Detention Voices from Manus, Nauru, Christmas Island and Australia released this transcript of a letter from people held in detention on Nauru on March 26.
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Message from Nauru detention to the world.
Many hearts, one voice, that's our freedom.
This voice is from 144 people, including four babies, 45 children, 52 women and 46 men who are slowly dying after 1000 days in the human dumping ground.
We are here — helpless and hopeless. We have lots of hopes and future dreams.
What is the difference between us [who came] on the same boat, most of whom are enjoying the pure oxygen that is their freedom. Why are only we punished like this by the inhuman government and the nation? Why?
They can't feel our pain and suffering. We are eating food with our tears. Only our beds and pillows know how we are coping each second in the human dumping ground.
This is not a letter — this is our tears we are crying. No one can see and wipe our tears. We are falling into a deep ditch, no one can see and offer a hand to us.
No, we have spent 1000 days here that we cannot get back; 1000 days passing with emptiness and uselessness.
We have all experienced such great suffering back home. We left it all and reached your country, but now we have been losing our lives slowly in this human dumping ground, your great spider web of unfair policies that kill us slowly.
We need to thank to you all that last [verses? illegible]. We need to thank you all at this time for continuing to kill us with your inhuman politics. We [are] just asking [to give] our life back to our hands to feel it because our life is in your hands. We [are] just asking this from [the] whole world. Save us and deliver us from this great slowly killing spider web.
Please don't stop the boats by processing us to death in Nauru and Manus.
Thank [you] all
1000 days in Nauru detention