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Manus Island: Security Personnel and Immigration Camp

manus island: It was a situation that you wouldn't want to put any human being in, according to CTV. Taghinia, who was born in Iran, spent more than four years in the Manus Island camp after trying to reach Australia by boat with a group of asylum seekers. When I was leaving Manus Island, it was not good, Amir Taghinia told CTV News Channel from Vancouver on Saturday. He finally managed to leave Papua New Guinea on Oct. 31 thanks to Canada's privately sponsored refugee program. Following a three-week standoff, security personnel in Papua New Guinea finally managed to shutter the remote immigration camp on Thursday, relocating nearly 400 men who had holed up in the facility without power, running water or food supplies after it was officially closed last month. Australia pays Papua New Guinea, its closest neighbour, and the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru to hold the more than 2,000 African, Middle Eastern and Asian asylum seekers who have tried to reach Australia by boat since mid-2013. ( As reported in the news.