Jono should have only stayed at this facility for a short time, but bureaucracy held things up. Weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. And this entire time, Jono lived in a tiny cage that was no bigger than a transport container. He didn’t have access to sunlight or drinking water, and there was nothing to stimulate him.
A foreign correspondent working for Australia’s ABC News was the one who discovered Jono in the transit center. The correspondent then reached out to Den Haas, who was shocked to learn that Jono was still there.
“I immediately requested if I could relocate him, but the government was still a little hesitant because they didn’t really know what to do with him,” Den Haas said.