A 20-year-old man detained on Nauru has told of how his mother attempted suicide on Saturday after being separated from her daughter several weeks ago.

Omid, a 20-year-old Iranian refugee, told BuzzFeed News his mother’s mental health had deteriorated sharply since his 23-year-old sister, Nazanin, was sent to a hospital in Brisbane in August. After being raped on Nauru in May, Nazanin was airlifted to Australia in August after suffering from kidney failure. Omid and his mother had been told the authorities had to send Nazanin to Brisbane “as soon as we can” but promised they would be able to follow the next day. This didn’t happen.

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