Nauru and voluntary starvation

Dr Ling Yoong

GP, former medical director of asylum seeker health services at Nauru, Manus and Christmas islands 

Nauru is the smallest independent state in the world, with a total surface area of just 21km2 — it takes only 20 minutes to circumnavigate the island driving at 40km an hour.

The island, located in the Pacific Ocean, is about 3327km from Brisbane. Like Christmas Island, the main source of income in Nauru is from