For the 203rd man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

Remember Hamid Kehazaei.

Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei died in 2014 after he became critically ill from a leg infection he contracted on Manus Island that developed into sepsis. Photograph: Refugee Action Coalition

Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei died in 2014 after he became critically ill from a leg infection he contracted on Manus Island that developed into sepsis. Photograph: Refugee Action Coalition

He was only 24 years old when we killed him. DIBP and IHMS are now bickering about who is to blame for his death. Australia is to blame. We are mistreating, torturing and killing the refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. Six have died already. Some are close to death right now.

The moronic equation, that the thousands of arbitrarily imprisoned refugees must stay on Manus and Nauru for ever as a kind of nightmare fairytale spell against more desperate refugees trying to reach Australia by boat is as unintelligent as it is brutal. A well-connected, richly-resourced and highly educated country like Australia has plenty of resources to find a humane and effective solution to the trickle of refugees who attempt to reach Australia.

Mr Turnbull, your entire career has been built on intelligent risk-taking. Why are you defending this unimaginative, wasteful, shoddy regime of offshore detention? Use your brains, and those of some of the best minds in Australia who have already devoted much energy to finding solutions, and get on with it.