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'I have never experienced safety since I was born': Life in the Manus 'death centre'

After almost fours years in detention on Manus Island, Rohingyan refugee Imran Mohammad says it's time all the asylum seekers were resettled.

I don't know when it will be time for the Australian government to close this death centre. I feel like when we are all killed, then they will come to bury our bodies. I have lost all hope that the Australian government and its people will do anything to preserve our lives.

I just want to say to the world, if I die here, please bury my body somewhere that is not in Australia nor in PNG. I am a stateless person so my body can't be deported back to my country of origin. This is my last request to the world and I beg you to sacrifice a tiny piece of land for my dead body to be buried elsewhere. I have never experienced safety since I was born but I hope my dead body will be placed in safety.

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There is no glimpse of hope in our hearts that we are going to get off this Island alive. Good Friday was the second time we have been attacked and faced death.

Some of the refugees were playing soccer in the navy field as usual. They were not using the main spot where the locals usually play. They were just playing around the edge of the field. At around 6pm, one of the locals came and told them to leave the field.

The refugees asked for them to give them five minutes and they will leave. All of a sudden, one of the navy officers came and started swearing at the refugees. The refugees said to him, please show us some respect. We are not animals, we are human beings like you. 

Some of the refugees managed to get inside the camp quickly but some couldn't. One Sudanese and one Pakistani were beaten badly. We are not exactly sure how many people were injured. 

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It is my experience that refugees' lives are not important. Whatever happens, the refugees and the asylum seekers are blamed, as it is us who are always being punished. Although I don't believe that all the giant Wilson security officers can protect me, I was devastated to see that one Wilson security officer was attacked and sustained an injury to the head by the navy officers.

I clearly heard that the navy officers and the locals were saying they would kill the Australian Wilson security guards if they saw them around. I saw the extreme fear in their faces and it is absolutely impossible to describe how fragile they were feeling on Friday.

It sickens my heart to read that the police are investigating the event and don't know who the attackers were. There are cameras every 20 metres inside and outside of the centre. If the cameras are real, the whole event was recorded. 

The world has seen videos and photos of what has happened here. As it has always been experienced, no action will be taken against the attackers.

More importantly, it shatters my heart knowing that money is more important than lives. I can understand how people feel it's OK for the Australians to earn money out of vulnerable refugees. They see how we suffer every single day in this prison, however is it all right for them to allow this to continue? I don't feel there is any difference between earning money knowing we have been abused and tortured beyond description and drinking our blood directly.

I don't have a choice to leave this torturous prison, yet they are still here after seeing such a drastic murderous event. I thought this concentration camp of Australia would be closed down immediately, nevertheless it is running like nothing has happened.

I saw with my own eyes how the Australians feared for their lives but started working the next morning again by putting a fake smile on their faces. I heard them saying: "I am out of this hell-hole in one week and then I will be away from this chaos for three weeks." I just burst into tears and say to my God, please don't send anyone as a refugee on this earth.

Despite being imprisoned for almost four years, the fear for our lives has increased. Moreover, the chances of violence is extremely high and on top of everything else, the uncertainty of our future has remained the same. We no longer feel we are human beings - we are just human trash that is dumped here by Australia.

We are not going to get back our four years, nor forget the trauma we have suffered here. It is clear that all the Australians, the refugees and asylum seekers are in great danger. Australia, it is your responsibility to move all of us to safety immediately, whether you admit it or not. It is high time you closed the centre.

We are begging Australian and PNG government to stop playing with political words, instead please give us a chance to live our lives in safety. That is all we hope and ask.