Border Force let Afghan man, 63, with lung cancer receive palliative care in Australia after intense campaign

The 63-year-old Afghan refugee moved to Australia at the weekend for palliative care is being cared for in a Gold Coast hospital and has received visits from Queensland’s Hazara community.

Ali, whose full name is withheld to protect his family, has terminal lung cancer. He had been held on Nauru for five years, but the care he was receiving in the Australian-run processing centre on the island was, according to doctors, “totally inadequate”, and he faced a painful and protracted death without specialist palliative care.

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