“The prime minister wants Australia to be known as a country that respects women, well, we can start with this poor soul.”
A pregnant, 23-year-old Somali refugee is pleading with the Australian government for an abortion after allegedly being raped on Nauru.
According to refugee advocates, the women known as “Abyan” is living on a diet of milk and water and has not seen a doctor or left her accommodation in four weeks.
“Abyan’s case is urgent,” Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition said.
“Her mental and physical health has been put at risk by the negligence of the Nauru service providers and by the Australian Immigration department.”
Last week, ABC’s 7.30 program aired a video of the incident in which Abyan was apparently raped by two Nauruan men.
The horrific footage was captured by a second victim, a 26-year-old Somali woman, as she hid, terrified, in the bushes.
The two woman had been living in the Nauruan community.
Abyan is now 11 weeks pregnant as a result of the rape and lawyers acting on her behalf have written to the Australian government, begging them to bring her here so that she can have access to safe abortion services and adequate healthcare.
As yet, they have heard nothing back, neither from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull nor Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
One of the lawyers representing Abyan, George Newhouse, told Fairfax that the failure to respond was “cruel and heartless”.
“Time is quickly running out, this is not a joke, a traumatised and vulnerable woman’s health and safety is [at] stake,” he said.
Malcolm Turnbull has previously called the multiple allegations of rape on the island “very alarming”.