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    A Refugee Has Died On Manus Island

    The Department of Home Affairs said it was "aware of the death on Manus Island".

    A Rohingya refugee detained by the Australian government on Manus Island has died.

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    Security fences surround buildings inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, February 11, 2017.

    A Department of Home Affairs spokesperson said the department was "aware of the death on Manus Island".

    "Further enquiries should be referred to PNG authorities," the spokesperson said.

    Journalist and Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani said it wasn't clear whether the man's death was an accident, but that he had a "long history of epilepsy".

    The Rohingya refugee who died in Manus today had a long history of Epilepsy. Doctor4Refugees organisaton has all the information about his illness. Apparently he jumped out of the moving bus and was face-planted into the ground after he was hit by the wheels.#Manus

    Police on Manus Island told the ABC that a refugee had died after jumping from a moving bus.

    The Rohingya man was travelling from refugee accommodation into the island's main town shortly after 11am local time when he jumped from the vehicle, police said.

    His body has reportedly been taken to the local hospital and officers are interviewing other refugees who witnessed the incident.

    This man is the seventh asylum seeker from Manus Island to die under Australia's offshore processing scheme.

    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has issued a statement in which the organisation (a United Nations programme with the mandate to protect refugees) states it is "profoundly saddened" by the death of a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island.

    "The tragic loss of yet another vulnerable person under Australian ‘offshore processing’ again underscores the need for proper care and immediate solutions," the statement said.

    The organisation called on the Australian government to "take immediate action to provide assistance and solutions" in order to prevent "further harm and tragedy".

    "Comprehensive, intensive support for refugees and asylum-seekers remains desperately needed in both Papua New Guinea and Nauru."

    UNHCR is continuing to seek further information from the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea respectively.

    If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue Australia on 1300 22 4636.

    Gina Rushton is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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