Help Rohim have emergency surgery

GFMAN often need to pay for medical treatment for men in PNG who are refused medical care if they can’t pay up front. Currently we are raising $5500 for a kidney stone surgery. Please share. Thanks.

https://chuffed.org/project/help-rohim

A little bit of context

As I write, Rohim Ullah* is in Port Moresby, a refugee sent to Manus Island by the Australian government when he asked us for asylum in 2013.

He is suffering pain from two kidney stones which have remained untreated for over three years. A third, smaller stone has now moved into a ureter and is stuck there, causing intolerable pain and infection: an emergency that requires surgery ASAP.

But there’s a problem

Rohim is my friend, he calls me aunty. He’s a good and honest young man, passionate about human rights and aghast, at times unbelieving, at how his own and those of the hundreds of other men abandoned by our Australian government in Papua New Guinea have been held hostage to our politics for 5 years.
Five years ago, he arrived after a dangerous journey and asked asylum of Australia, who has recognised his genuine claim. He is stateless, a Rohingyan refugee, accused of no crime, but still remains trapped in PNG, waiting on resettlement.

And now here he is, suffering pain from two kidney stones which have remained untreated for over three years, due to the shockingly inadequate medical care that Australia has provided these men, whilst preventing them from caring for themselves or their families.

A third, smaller stone has now moved into a ureter and is stuck there, causing intolerable pain and infection: an emergency that requires surgery ASAP.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

At this time, Rohim’s only hope for the emergency surgery needed is our assistance. Please help us raise the $5,500 required now, so he can go ahead with it and prepare for the new life he hopes to move on to in a few months, in the United States.
Once there, we hope he will be able to resolve his remaining medical issues, and regain the full health which would have been so easily his, if he had been given asylum in Australia.

We have a government which has no compunction about using human lives for their political ends. This is the resulting reality:
hundreds of human beings with failing mental and physical health, as a consequence of their indefinite detention and denied hope. Not one of the Manus men remains unaffected.

We must step up to help, where our government has harmed. Please give what you can, and share your awareness.

You can join us

The $5,500 is the total amount required to cover Rahim’s surgery in a private hospital in Port Moresby, to which we have arranged his admission. It is needed urgently.
The public system is struggling to meet the health needs of Papua New Guineans and wait times are lengthy. Rahim cannot wait longer.

-Anthea Falkenberg, August 2018
Please pm me in Messenger if you have any questions.
For more information on the background, please listen to this interview with George Newhouse, an Australian human rights lawyer acting in many cases for Manus and Nauru refugees and asylum seekers:

https://justice.org.au/why-australia-has-a-duty-of-care-to-asylum-seekers-on-nauru-and-manus-island/

If you prefer to donate by direct credit to the GFMAN Medical Project account, please use:

Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated
BSB: 034279 (Westpac)
ACC: 532412

Please label KIDNEY

*Name changed for privacy and safety reasons

Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
ABN: 13886323063. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

For more information, see:
Website:
https://giftsformanusandnauru.org.au/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/GFMAN2016/

Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1646607628911452

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/GFMAN

Email:
giftsformanusandnauru@outlook.com.au

 

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September 2018 phone credit drive

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for September 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-sept-2018

August 2018 phone credit drive

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for August 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-august-2018

July 2018 Phone credit drive

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for July 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-july-2018

JUNE 2018 PHONE CREDIT DRIVE

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for June for mobile phone credit for 1100 people at Manus and Nauru.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

April 2018 Phone Credit Drive

Australia’s ‘Offshore Processing’ refugee policy has left approx. 2000 people in indefinite limbo and harsh conditions on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru, for more than 4 and a half years now.

Gifts for Manus and Nauru currently sends gifts of phone credit to last a month at a time to around 1400 of the people held in Australia’s Offshore Processing Blacksites at Manus and Nauru.

The waiting list for people needing credit is often long, with sometimes wait times of several weeks or more between when their month of credit runs out and when they receive their next top up.

We desperately need your help to send more top ups and reduce the time people have to wait between speaking to their family and other supports.

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-april-2018

March Phone Credit drive

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-march-2018

Please contribute to desperately needed phone credit for our refugee and asylum seeker friends at Manus and Nauru. We need to do over $40,000 of top ups each month if each person waiting is to receive one.

Australia’s ‘Offshore Processing’ refugee policy has left approx. 2000 people in indefinite limbo and harsh conditions on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru, for more than 4 years now.

‘Gifts for Manus and Nauru’ is a registered charity supporting our asylum seeker and refugee friends at Manus and Nauru through trauma counselling, sending parcels of much needed items, access to medication or other medical support, and through the provision of mobile phone credit.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Gifts for Manus and Nauru currently sends gifts of phone credit to last a month at a time to over 1400 of the people held in Australia’s Offshore Processing Blacksites at Manus and Nauru.

The waiting list for people needing credit is often long, with sometimes wait times of several weeks or more between when their month of credit runs out and when they receive their next top up.

We desperately need your help to send more top ups and reduce the time people have to wait between speaking to their family and other supports.

Phone credit costs $31-35 per person for a month…meaning we need to do over $40,000 worth of top ups each month if each person is to receive one. Any contribution you can make will be very welcome and make a big difference to the people held at Manus and Nauru and their loved ones.

EMERGENCY FOOD CROWDFUND UPDATE – Sunday 12th November 2017

Hi everyone! Thanks for the continued support for the men in the RPC.
Getting food in while authorities continue to try to block the men’s access to food, water and supplies remains a challenge, but deliveries of food and other supplies are still happening.

Thanks for donating and making this possible.

We are also now looking at trying to address two new problems.

The first is food for the men in the ELTC.

At the East Lorengau Transit Centre in the town (ELTC), the men are supposed to receive food packs and an allowance each week to live off.

However this is not happening. The men who have moved there in recent weeks are not receiving any allowance yet.

The food packs provided include one larger food pack with most of the week’s food items, and a smaller pack later in the week to top it up.

The men who have moved to the East Lorengau Transit Centre in town over the past few days have only received the smaller top up pack, which doesn’t contain the staples like rice or oil or any protein… and so even with the top up pack (milk, cereal, bread) they have not received sufficient food to last them until the next food packs are delivered this week.

The food packs, even when they receive both of them, are not enough to feed a man for a week, and they are expected to buy the rest of their food out of their allowance…except the men are not being paid an allowance yet. Men who have been in the transit centre for weeks are still waiting to be paid any of their allowance, and so are trying to get by just on these food packs.

So we are now looking into how we can get some food distributed to these men for the next few days, and how we can supplement the food packs for the men in the ELTC until their allowance starts and they can buy their own food.

The second issue is medication for the men.

In October, IHMS distributed a 28-30 day supply of the men’s medications and told them they would then have to sort out their own.

That supply of medications has now run out or will run out in coming days, leaving hundreds of men without their medication and with no way to pay for their own.

This is incredibly concerning to us and is a huge stress for the men.

So we are currently looking at ways that we can coordinate to get financial and logistical assistance for as many of the men as possible to access their medications.

Here is how you can help.

Funds for this purpose can be made into our ‘medical’ bank account (details here: https://giftsformanusandnauru.org.au/how-to-donate/ )

Or donations can continue to be made to this emergency crowdfund and we will allocate some funding from this for medications as able.

Urgent call for donations for food for 600 men on Manus Island

Over 600 men are currently in the Manus detention centre with no food, water, power, sanitation or health care.

Donations for food, water and other emergency supplies for the men in the Manus detention centre can be made via here:

https://chuffed.org/project/manus-emergency-food-and-water