One of the extremely important things that activists do is maintain direct communication with people detained on Manus Island and Nauru. It is literally the main and often the only way we know what’s happening in these places. Without this link, we would only hear the lies and  misinformation that are provided by the Australian, PNG and Nauruan governments.
The only journalist to have been allowed to visit detention on  Nauru is a self-acknowledged supporter of the government’s offshore detention policy. No journalist has been inside Manus detention centre. Pictures and information that journalists use to expose what is going on inside these hell-holes come via direct contact that advocates have with the brave men and women incarcerated in Nauru and Manus.

This article published in the Guardian this morning was only possible because of the contact RRAN advocates had last night with the men on Manus.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/23/asylum-seeker-who-suffered-heart-attack-on-manus-must-be-transferred

Phone credit also means communication with family can be done without every word spoken being listened to or every message sent being watched by guards. Lawyers can be contacted and even on occasion journalists spoken with. Most importantly of all, those seeking asylum have the opportunity to become friends with everyday Australians who do not agree with what is being done to them. We can share with them photos and videos of our protests and rallies. We can offer support and friendship. We can tell them we will never give up until they are free.

Smart phones are considered contraband as transparency is not something the Australian, Nauruan or PNG governments are keen on. The Australian government and opposition don’t want those in Nauru and Manus to know not everyone supports the policy of offshore detention. They want those who have fled persecution and asked us for asylum to give up and go home.

Phone credit in Nauru and Manus is expensive. Advocates pay for it themselves and we are finding it difficult to sustain. Please help us continue to provide an avenue for the voices of those incarcerated to be heard and for us to share the message of WELCOME by contributing to our communication fund.

$40 per month covers monthly credit for one person on Nauru and $38 per month covers monthly credit for one person on Manus.  If you wish to make a regular donation towards phone credits you can set up a regular donation into an account set up to fund the regular credits RRAN does. Any amount is helpful and welcome.

Please make any contributions to the RRAN account with “phone credit” as the deposit description.

Account name: Refugee Rights Action Network (WA)
Bank: National Australia Bank
BSB: 086-006
Account number: 53-142-9447

 

 

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