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Workers describe seeing children's lives "destroyed" in Australian offshore camps

Nauru center won't be affected by closure on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island

CNN —  

Australia will close its controversial offshore detention center for migrants on Manus Island, the Papua New Guinea government said Wednesday.

The announcement came less than a day after more than 100 former and current staff members at Australia’s offshore detention camps called for all refugees to be moved immediately, saying children’s lives are being “destroyed.”

“Both Papua New Guinea and Australia are in agreement that the center is to be closed,” Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said on Facebook.