Portfolios

The shocking pictures of the wounded asylum seekers on Manus Island

11 photos

Mediapart has obtained a series of photographs taken inside Australia’s immigration ‘processing’ centre on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea, in the aftermath of a wild attack upon the detainees by locals, and which left one asylum seeker dead. They show the horrific injuries sustained by the camp's inmates, who were attacked with firearms, rocks, machetes and sticks on the night of February 17th 2014. The pictures were taken inside the camp between February 19th and 25th by three people who have asked to remain unidentified.(See Mediapart's in-depth report on the events and the controversial history of Australia's offshore detention camps here.)

Reading articles is for subscribers only. Login

  1. © DR

    The violence erupted after a revolt by detainees at the camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) during the evening of February 16th. The asylum seekers, already exasperated by the desperate conditions inside the camp, had discovered during a meeting with camp officials that they would never receive asylum in Australia but, at the very best, those deemed to be “genuine refugees” (a term used by former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd) would be allowed to stay in PNG while the others would be deported. Some traded insults with locals standing outside the centre and who began hurling rocks over the perimeter fence. A small group of detainees tried to break out of the camp but were soon arrested.  The majority of the 1,300 asylum seekers sought refuge inside the camp’s buildings. Amid the chaos, the detainees were driven into their compounds by the private PNG guards, leaving a number of them beaten. Australian officials said 19 asylum seekers needed medical attention, along with some of the camp's guards. It was during the following evening, on February 17th, that the camp was stormed by locals and militia-like groups, when 23 year-old Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati died from head wounds inflicted by rocks.

Mediapart subscription

1€ for 15 days

Can be canceled online at any time

I subscribe

Only our readers can buy us


Support a 100% independent newspaper: without subsidies, without advertising, without shareholders

Get your information from a trusted source

Get exclusive access to revelations from an investigative journal

Already subscribed ?

Forgot password ?

Our latest portfolios

Portfolio — 16 pictures
by Bastien Doudaine / Hans Lucas
Portfolio — 7 pictures
by Berenice Gabriel, Joseph Confavreux and les enfants du centre Paris Anim’ Mercœur
Portfolio — 13 pictures
by Patrick Artinian
Portfolio — 15 pictures
by Guillaume Binet / MYOP avec Sara Cincurova

In front of Mediapart

Newspaper — France
En laissant courir Omicron, l’Europe parie sur un virus endémique
Un à un, les pays européens lèvent les restrictions comme les mesures de contrôle du virus. Certains, comme le Danemark ou la France, sont pourtant touchés par une contamination massive. Ils font le choix d’une immunisation collective, avec l’espoir de vivre avec un virus circulant tout au long de l’année à basse intensité.  
by Caroline Coq-Chodorge
Newspaper — France
Nouveaux vaccins, traitements… : des pistes pour protéger les plus fragiles
Avec des vaccins peu efficaces pour limiter la transmission d’Omicron, le raz-de-marée des infections se poursuit. Si une quatrième dose est écartée, des vaccins plus adaptés et de nouveaux traitements sont attendus pour aider à protéger les plus vulnérables.
by Rozenn Le Saint
Newspaper — International
Nord Stream 2 : le gazoduc qui ébranle la diplomatie allemande
Entre intérêts économiques et alliances, Nord Stream 2 se retrouve au cœur des contradictions de la politique allemande. Sous pression, la coalition gouvernementale accepte finalement que le gazoduc construit pour écouler le gaz russe vers l’Allemagne par la mer Baltique soit inclus dans les sanctions en cas d’invasion de l’Ukraine.  
by Martine Orange and Thomas Schnee
Newspaper — France
À Drocourt, le bassin minier oscille entre abandon et vote Le Pen
Dans cette petite ville communiste du Pas-de-Calais, les échanges avec les habitants laissent apparaître l’ampleur de la déconnexion avec les thèmes et paroles qui rythment la campagne électorale médiatique.
by Jean-Louis Le Touzet