November 13, 2017
Papua New Guinea is planning to evict more than 400 refugees who refuse to leave an offshore detention center on Manus Island.
The ultimatum issued Sunday gives refugees one day to voluntarily leave the Australian facility or be forcibly removed.
Sources say about 450 men have barricaded themselves into the center and have been living without food, water, and power for over 13 days.
The U.N. has allegedly warned the stand-off is a “looming humanitarian crisis.”
The men — who have refused to move to three transit centers — come from war-torn countries including Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Syria.
Officials insist the transit centers are safe, and refugees would be offered the same level of care.