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Days before the forced closure of Manus, we have no safe place to go

As refugees we are faced with the threat of either the navy occupying the detention centre if we stay or angry locals if we leave

Only a few days remain until the Australian government meets its self-imposed deadline and closes the prison that it created on Manus Island.

On 31 October the imprisoned refugees are supposed to be transferred from the regional processing centre (RPC) to the small town of Lorengau.

It is a place that reminds the refugees of violent attacks.

Fev 3cThey have memories of being confronted with knives, memories of theft, memories of threatening encounters.

It is a place without safety, where just a year ago refugees experienced myriad forms of aggression, a place that symbolises violence against them.

In every instance the…

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