The NSW Supreme Court today approved the compensation offer to Shayan Badraie who sued the immigration department on the grounds he was psychologically harmed while living at Woomera and Villawood detention centres between 2000 and 2002.
Shayan was in detention between the ages of five and seven. He developed post-traumatic stress disorder, which resulted in numerous hospitalisations when he refused to eat, drink or talk. The boy witnessed traumatic events such as suicide attempts, self harm and abuse, in both detention centres.
See my old blog entry here for details of pst children in detention stuff