Refugees and asylum-seekers held with no date for release on the island of Nauru by the Australian government are stuck in a vicious cycle of despair, with many having lost the will to live. MSF has been providing mental health care since November 2017 to these men, women and children, many of whom say they would have been killed if they'd stayed in their home countries.
Among MSF's patients, 78 have either attempted or thought about suicide or engaged in other forms of self-harm, and an alarming number of children are deeply traumatized, according to MSF's medical analysis.
Despite this, the Australian government informed MSF on October 5 that their services are "no longer required" and must end within 24 hours. Almost all 900 refugees on Nauru, including 115 children, have been on the island for more than five years, with no clear process or prospect of permanent resettlement.