131,149 EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS HAVE JOINED THE CALL. WILL YOU?
We would never allow our children to grow up like this. The world refugee crisis is a complex problem - but locking up children is never the answer. We call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten - Australia's Political Leaders, to free the 53 children trapped on Nauru by Universal Children's Day.
There are currently 53 children in detention on Nauru, not allowed to leave this tiny island the size of Melbourne Airport.
Children on Nauru have recently witnessed lipstitching, self-immolation and other self harm. They live in a totally inadequate situation, with poor hygiene, cramped conditions, unrelenting heat, a lack of facilities, nowhere to play, no decent education or healthcare, and little hope as this cruel situation seems indefinite.
In at least three cases in the past seven months, Australian judges have ordered that young children be immediately brought to Australia for care. Three refugees in Nauru have died by suicide.
One 10-year-old boy had attempted suicide three times on Nauru. Doctors said he was at critical risk of killing himself, but it took a Federal Court order to eventually move him to Australia for urgent treatment. It shouldn't require Federal Judges to force the Government to keep these children safe.
Children and their families are trapped on the island of Nauru in cruel and inhumane conditions without adequate health, education or employment options. By Universal Children’s Day (20 November), we need to bring them here and either offer resettlement in Australia or find another suitable country that welcomes them.
Getting #KidsOffNauru will give them the chance to enjoy the same normal, healthy childhood we’d expect for our children.
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