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Gosford: Life on Manus
11 February 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Central Coast for Social Justice community and the Anglican Parish of Gosford invite you to:
‘Life On Manus’
Presented by guest Speaker Anne Moon
10.30 – Morning Tea
11.00 – Talk and Slide show
In her presentation ‘Life on Manus’, Anne talks about:
• The conditions under which the men have been living for the past 5 years on Manus
• Some individual stories of where they are from, why they fled and how they have coped
•Update on current conditions since transfer to new accommodation
The presentation includes personal photos and movies direct from the men and from Anne’s personal collection from her 3 visits to Manus.
Entry and Morning Tea by Donation – all funds go to a legal fund to support Manus men
Anne has spent decades as a volunteer helping various vulnerable people all over the world. For almost 20 years she lived overseas volunteering in places like Ecuador, the Amazon, and Sumatra working in orphanages and teaching English.
Her involvement with refugees in offshore detention began when she saw asylum seekers being forced into buses and sent to remote islands, and as the stories emerged about people with life-threatening diseases, epilepsy, diabetes, and heart disease being denied their medications. This prompted her to become active in calling for offshore detention to stop but it soon became clear that writing emails, calling and visiting politicians’ offices was not enough.
Anne accepted her first Facebook friend request from an asylum seeker on Manus in 2014 and spoke with this person every day for 5 months before accepting another. In 2015 Anne started supporting men who were sick and not receiving proper medical attention by liaising with organisations such as Doctors for Refugees and the AMA. Due to her intervention there have been 4 men sent to Australia for treatment and many others to Port Moresby. Anne now has many cases with different agencies supporting their medical needs which includes assembling and copying the necessary documentation, and collating their medical files. Over the last 18 months she has also liaised with numerous lawyers to help assemble signatures and documentation for various court cases. She has just returned from her third visit to Manus to provide support to the men.
This speaking tour aims to raise awareness of the crisis on Manus, and also the plight of those men denied refugee status. Funds raised will go to this legal fund: