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Helping Refugees (06:13)


Located 930 miles off the west coast of Australia, Christmas Island holds thousands of asylum seekers indefinitely. Poh Lin Lee works with those detained helping to resolve their trauma, incorporating sand and narrative therapy.

Therapy Session (03:43)

Lee spends time with her family on a beach at Christmas Island. Aariff cannot recall a single day of peace in Afghanistan. He misses his family, but will not give up on seeking asylum.

Living With Uncertainty (04:41)

Detainees struggle with the indefinite length of the detention. Christine Cummins counsels the therapist on her frustrations. Lee describes where individuals are moved to when they cause trouble.

People Disappear (05:24)

Afsaneh recalls how guards brutally woke up a friend and took her and her son. Lee learns one of her clients is unexpectedly transferred to Manus. The Australian government created a new law stipulating that anyone seeking asylum by boat is forcibly removed prior to their hearing.

Credits: The Island (00:55)

Credits: The Island

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The Island

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On Christmas Island, 50 million crabs make their slow and ancient migration from the jungle to the ocean's edge, while thousands of people seeking asylum are indefinitely held in a high security detention facility. Poh Lin Lee, a trauma counselor, works with refugees in the detention center, using narrative therapy and sand play to explore people’s stories of trauma and survival. Asylum seekers share stories of abuse and neglect while being detained and physically worsen under the rigors of an indefinite detention.

Length: 21 minutes

Item#: BVL149997

ISBN: 978-1-64347-282-9

Copyright date: ©2017

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