originally by: Australia Network News
published: 30 October 2012
The Salvation Army has defended conditions inside the Australian Government’s offshore processing centre on Nauru. The Christian group are providing services to asylum seekers and have given few interviews about its involvement in the offshore arrangements on Nauru.
On Tuesday it released a statement responding to peaceful protests by asylum seekers who have been taken to the Pacific island. One detainee at the centre told the ABC asylum seekers are living in cramped conditions in tents, despite the searing heat.
He said suicide attempts were becoming a common theme at the centre.
The Salvation Army says there is ample and nutritious food at the processing centre and detainees have access to physical and mental health services.