Christmas in Nauru | Head On Photo Festival

Christmas in Nauru

Photographer's Name: 
Remi Chauvin

Amineh (name changed) and her family fled Iran in 2013. They were picked up by the Australian Navy from a struggling boat and taken to Christmas Island, where they arrived just days after then PM Kevin Rudd made the declaration that ensured no-one arriving in Australia by boat would be settled on Australian shores. During her incarceration in Nauru, Amineh developed severe depression leading to an admission to a psychiatric ward in Brisbane, and on top of that was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite her psychiatrist warning of significant chance of relapse and harm to herself and/or her family if she was returned to Nauru, she was sent back against the doctor's orders and lives in perpetual misery.

Festival Year: 
2015