119 children live on Nauru who are suffering from traumatic withdrawal syndrome.
15 children have either made repeated suicide attempts or are regularly self-harming.
A 12 year old is on a hunger strike.
Roughly 1,162 asylum seekers who arrived by boat are living in the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres.
Over 80% of the refugees have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, with depression, anxiety and other conditions widespread and treated “mostly through sedation.”
The #KidsOffNauru coalition wants the 119 children on the island resettled by November.
As this CID newsletter goes out, the Pacific Leaders Forum is taking place in Nauru. CID has signed the joint open letter to the Pacific Islands Forum leaders and observers to end Australia's abusive offshore refugee processing policy, and urgently remove the children from the centres.
"The Australian and Nauruan Governments were trying to keep the issue quiet," Nicholls said, "with Australian media outlets including the ABC being refused visas, along with reports from the ground of refugees’ tents being pulled down and families being moved out of the RCP3 detention centre."
"The harsh futility of the system is part of its logic" explains the Brookings Institute; to deter future arrivals.
"And harsh it is. At least 12 people have died from causes including suicide, murder, and ineffective medical treatment. Others have fled persecution in their home countries only to suffer abuse or rape offshore. In 2016, leaked documents revealed more than 1,000 incidents of children being sexually abused or harassed by guards or other detainees. Several children are reported to have attempted self-harm or even suicide.
Meanwhile Europe is looking to emulate Australia and process refugees off-shore.
"EU leaders are well aware of the model. A group of them reportedly met in secret with senior Australian officials to discuss how they might adopt and adapt at least some aspects of that country’s approach to asylum seekers."
But they're missing an opportunity, argues the Brookings Institute:
"The best way for nations of the world to assist poor countries in their process of economic development is to receive their migrants and refugees, and through them, let the knowledge flow."
History shows us "Migrants are a driver of knowledge across borders," writes Danny Bahar.
Join the call for the New Zealand Government to get the #KidsOffNauru!