The Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group has called for refugees held in detention in Australia to be allowed to resettle in other countries.
Sunday (July 19) will mark the seven year anniversary of refugees being incarcerated on Manus Island and Nauru and in Australia.
Support group resettlement coordinator Janette Jones says the seven year period has meant a never ending suffering of refugees.
"There are still hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Port Moresby," she said.
"Physically and mentally people have been suffering immensely.
"There have been 13 deaths, many incidences of self harm, catatonic children and families destroyed. The thought that they have no hope is overwhelming for them.
"Refugees brought to Australia for medical help need to get proper medical assistance. They need to be out of the detention centres at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, Mantra in Melbourne and Villawood Detention Centre."
Ms Jones said there were many Australians who want to help these people with New Zealand offering assistance.
"We must bring their suffering to an end and release all refugees and asylum seekers now," she said. "This can't go on any longer."
For more information on the Mid North Coast refugee Support Group send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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