Male asylum seeker sets himself on fire at former offshore Australian detention centre

A man set himself on fire on Manus Island.
A man set himself on fire on Manus Island. Photo credit: Facebook/Shamindan Kanapadhi

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An asylum seeker has been hospitalised after setting himself on fire on the site of a former offshore Australian detention centre.

Healthcare professionals have previously described the mental health conditions of many on Manus island as "devastating".

On Monday, Australian media, including AAP and news.com.au report the 30-year-old Somalian man was in the East Lorengau camp when he set himself on fire.

Refugee Shamindan Kanapadhi said on Facebook the "highly depressed" man was in a critical condition.

Male asylum seeker sets himself on fire at former offshore Australian detention centre

"He has been taken to hospital for immediate medical assistance," he said. "This is out of control."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has publicly said New Zealand is open to taking 150 refugees a year off Australia's hands, rather than let them stay in detention camps activists have described as not even being fit for dogs.

Kanapadhi said people on Manus Island are mentally unwell, and their physical and mental conditions continue to deteriorate.

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