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Refugee Council Launches #KidsOffNauru

(Crosslight, 2018)

The Refugee Council of Australia has launched the #KidsoffNauru campaign to help release detained children on Nauru.

More than 80,0000 Australians have called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten via twitter to warrant the release of 119 children trapped on Nauru and see them safely returned to Australia.

Vile stories have surfaced detailing the appalling mistreatment of the children who have been banished to Nauru by the Australian Government, including the sexual assault of children, self-harm and inadequate access to essential medical services.

A 12-year-old girl has tried to set herself alight, after which she received no medical treatment.

A 17-year-old girl is being treated after denying all food, fluid and medical treatment. Doctors say she is one of many who are critically ill on the island.

Reports from Nauru say that some children are developing a psychological disorder known as traumatic withdrawal syndrome, or resignation syndrome. In some instances, this hinders one’s ability to eat or drink.

RCOA Communications Director Kelly Nicholls said, “We remain deeply concerned about the health and well-being of these children, who are vulnerable and susceptible to the long-term physical and psychological effects of being detained in inhumane conditions without adequate healthcare or education.”

The Refugee Council of Australia are calling on all supporters to share the campaign, read the report and get #KidsoffNauru immediately.

Check out this video produced by The Refugee Council of Australia, Mums of Refugees, and People Like Us to raise awareness for what’s happening off our shores.

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