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Q: Nauru Detention Centre Location ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Nauru Detention Centre Location
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: johnsriver-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 07 Jun 2004 04:01 PDT
Expires: 07 Jul 2004 04:01 PDT
Question ID: 357508
In what district on Nauru is the Australian Government's detention
centre for refugees (primarily housing Afghan Hazara minority)?
Subject: Re: Nauru Detention Centre Location
Answered By: thx1138-ga on 07 Jun 2004 10:26 PDT
Hello johnsriver and thank you for your question.

Well, that really was a detectives challenge, but finally I have the
answer for you.  The camp is called 'Topside' and was constructed at
the site of the old oval sports ground in the Meneng District of Nauru
(in the Central/Southern part of the island).

"Walking into the Topside Camp, established by the Australian
government on Nauru to detain those asylum seekers intercepted in
Australian waters, I was unsure what to expect"

"Nauru is made up of the raised central plateau surrounded by a
fertile coastal fringe. The plateau, known as "topside", is the site
of mining and is for the most part made up of limestone pinnacles, a
truly unique landscape."

"Loaded on to school buses, they were driven two miles through the
white dust that blows from the Nauru Phosphate Corporation site, up a
hill and past a stinking rubbish dump to "Topside", a derelict sports
field the size of a cricket pitch that will be their home for up to
six months.",2763,554805,00.html

"Topside is the other camp built in a sports ground in the centre of
the Island, on the sun baked plateau"

"Two camps were then built: at the old sports ground and oval at
Topside,and on the site of the old Presidential quarters."


Satellite photographs:

Satellite image, showing the oval sports field:

Larger image of above:


Thank you for your question, and if you need any clarification of my
answer, do not hesitate to ask before rating my answer.

Very best regards


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topside OR "top side" afghan
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