Whistleblower describes ‘filthy’ conditions inside detention centre
By Andrew Greene and Benjamin Sveen
“A former detention centre guard says he is not surprised an asylum seeker has died from an infection he caught at Manus Island because he witnessed filthy living conditions inside the facility.
Hamid Kehazaei cut his foot at the detention centre about three weeks ago, developed septicaemia and was sent to Brisbane’s Mater hospital.
The 24-year-old suffered a heart attack, and was later declared brain dead.
His family in Iran made the harrowing decision to switch off their son’s life support late Friday.
Former Manus Island detention centre employee Beau Mitchell has told the ABC he is not surprised at Mr Kehazaei’s plight after recording evidence of poor hygiene inside.
“There’s no air conditioning, the beds are extremely close together. The living standards are pretty quite filthy,” Mr Mitchell said
“Often they’d be standing on concrete to have a shower that was literally falling apart underneath them, just completely rotting away.”