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Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were being flown back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday

() Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were being flown back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday

The children of the Tamil asylum seeker family who were transported to Christmas Island after being given reprieve against deportation from Australia are 'constantly crying'. 

Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were being flown back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday.

However, in the final hours of the night Judge Heather Riley granted an injunction to block the move while their plane was in the air. 

The family's flight landed in Darwin just before 3am on Friday and the family were kept at a nearby military base. 

Supporters said they lost contact with the family on Friday night, and learned just after 2am that they had arrived at a detention centre on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia. 

Lawyers for the family argued Priya and Nades' two-year-old daughter Tharunicaa had never had her claim for a visa assessed. 

The children of the Tamil asylum seeker family who were transported to Christmas Island after being given reprieve against deportation from Australia are 'constantly crying'

The children of the Tamil asylum seeker family who were transported to Christmas Island after being given reprieve against deportation from Australia are 'constantly crying' 

One of the young children from the Tamil family high fives a security staff member before they are removed from a secure apartment section at the Mercure Hotel in Darwin on Friday

One of the young children from the Tamil family high fives a security staff member before they are removed from a secure apartment section at the Mercure Hotel in Darwin on Friday

Priya with her right wrist in a bandage inside a Darwin hotel on Friday. She claims the injury was a result of guards manhandling her onto a plane

Priya with her right wrist in a bandage inside a Darwin hotel on Friday. She claims the injury was a result of guards manhandling her onto a plane

According to The Age, Tamil Refugee Council spokesman Aran Mylvaganam said Priya was being treated for wounds she received when she was forcibly put on the flight back to Sri Lanka. 

'It's been a very difficult 36 hours, not just for the family but for the supporters in the community as well,' he said. 

'The children are constantly crying. Kopika is feeling very lonely, and they are the only refugees on Christmas Island at the moment.' 

The family's solicitor Carina Ford said she had been notified of the move in a notice received from the immigration department during the night.

Moving detainees without warning isn't unusual, but 'the transfer to Christmas Island is not normal', Ms Ford said.

'It definitely makes our job harder and it's disappointing,' Ms Ford said, describing new logistical issues as 'frustrating'.

A cut on Priya's foot that was allegedly caused by guards manhandling her onto a plane on Friday

A cut on Priya's foot that was allegedly caused by guards manhandling her onto a plane on Friday

Supporters said they lost contact with the family on Friday night, and learned just after 2am that they had arrived at a detention centre on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia (stock image)

Supporters said they lost contact with the family on Friday night, and learned just after 2am that they had arrived at a detention centre on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia (stock image)

She is now waiting to hear back from lawyers for Immigration Minister David Coleman about how the family's legal team will be able to have access to their clients, including to get documents signed.

They had arranged lawyers in Darwin to assist with that over the weekend.

Following the Tamil family's departure from Darwin, mother Priya was able to make contact with family and friends when they arrived at Christmas Island.

'My children have

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