Locking up children is never the answer


Children in detention on Nauru are not allowed to leave the tiny island the size of Melbourne Airport. They have witnessed lipstitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts.  There are limited safe or pleasant places to play because of unshaded, hot phosphate rock and the fear of wild dogs on the island.

We've seen report after report of children who are in such despair, for whom life in detention is so miserable, that they have withdrawn socially, stopped eating and even attempted suicide. In August a 12-year-old girl tried to set herself on fire. This can’t continue, not on our watch.

The children languishing on Nauru, must be resettled, assessed for psychosocial care, and allowed a normal, healthy childhood by Universal Children's Day.