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Beaten Refugee, Brian Cassey, News Corp Australia
Iraqi asylum seeker Abdullatif Almoftaji stares through the wire of a police cell in the town of Lorengau, Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Abdullatif was 17-years- old when he was first detained trying to enter Australia three years ago.
Photographer Brian Cassey says:
“I first met Abdullatif at a Lorengau guest house. A couple of days later we heard that he had gone on a drunken bender with another asylum seeker and it was alleged that he tried to steal food and other items from the guest house.”
Abdullatif was arrested, charged with several offences and thrown into the police cell, wounded, with just shorts and a torn shirt. Cassey made the image through a hole in the cell wire. Later a police officer caught him trying to pass Abdullatif food and a new shirt through the same hole and threatened to lock him up too.