Nauru denies refugees in danger after letters threatening 'bad things' sent

Nauru Government officials have denied resettled refugees are in danger after they received threatening letters telling them to leave the island or face “bad things”.

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An anonymous letter left at the homes of resettled refugees on Nauru told the residents to leave, saying “bad things” would happen if they stayed.

The letter, signed by the “Youth Republic of Nauru”, told the refugees to quit their jobs and stop walking around the island.

“Refugees are taking over all our job opportunities and spreading over our small congested community, making our lives miserable,” it read.

“… Nauru is a conservative country, it is not a multicultural country so resettling refugees means that in[tro]ducing different culture from different countries… [It is a] mistake and the wrong decision of a few corrupt people from Nauru Government putting the lives, culture, customs, values of Nauru local people in danger.

“Our women, girls and teenagers are interested in refugees because of their skin, colour, face, and handsomeness. Our wives, sisters, and daughters are in contact with refugees and having affairs with them. We can never see our women having fun with refugees and neglecting locals.”

The letter went on the warn refugees to “just go to hell with all your concerns”.

The Government of Nauru has dismissed the letters, stating that there was no evidence to suggest they were genuine.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, officials described the letters as part of a “campaign of misinformation”.

“We do not believe there is any increased risk to refugees on the island,” it read.

“There continues to be a campaign of misinformation by refugee groups both outside and within Nauru, backed by some sections of the media. These people clearly have a political agenda and they are willing to do and say anything to achieve it.

“….We currently cannot confirm if these were authored by a Nauruan, a refugee, refugee advocates or any other party who seeks to jeopardise the resettlement program.”

But the Refugee Action Coalition has called for action.

Spokesman Ian Rintoul said the letters - found pushed under doors of homes, placed on the windscreens of cars and posted on walls – followed a series of physical attacks on Nauruan refugees.

One man was attacked and hit in the face with a rock before being left, untreated, in a hospital for days.

Another was forced to quit his job after receiving a death threat.

Mr Rintoul said the attacks and the letter revealed that Nauru was a dangerous place for refugees.

“Refugees sent by Australia to Nauru now face persecution in Nauru,” he said.

“The Nauru government has clearly stated it will not permanently settle refugees. Nor will they help to find a safe third country.

"The recent attacks show that temporary settlement on Nauru is untenable.”

Anonymous letters tell refugees to leave island or face 'bad things' (Supplied)
Anonymous letters tell refugees to leave island or face 'bad things' (Supplied)

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Published 18 November 2014 at 2:07pm
By Stephanie Anderson