“The oldest woman held in Australia’s immigration detention system, a 70-year-old Iranian, has pleaded with immigration minister, Peter Dutton, not to send her and her two adult children back to Nauru. Her son says her health is deteriorating and he fears she will die in detention.
According to the IHMS notes, much of the woman’s anxiety stems from a lengthy separation from her son shortly after they arrived on Christmas Island nearly three years ago.
The department of immigration said it would not comment on individual cases, but “where families are separated, regular contact by telephone and internet is facilitated”.
The spokeswoman added: “where reunion of immediate family members can be facilitated in a regional processing country, the department will take action to make appropriate reunion arrangements.””
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