Mohammed Hamza Hussein is going blind while Abdikaldeawe Abdisalam severely injured his leg

Two refugees facing critical illnesses have been belatedly rushed to medical attention, after a campaign of public and private pressure on the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments, and some unconventional back-channel diplomacy.

Guardian Australia reported on Thursday on the cases of Mohammed Hamza Hussein – who lost one eye in an assault four years ago and is going blind in his other eye – and Abdikaldeawe Abdisalam, who severely injured his leg in an accident and had been denied an x-ray or any treatment for nearly a week.

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