Help save children on Nauru

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Right now over 100 innocent children are being detained on Nauru by our government. These children are living in inhumane conditions, exposed to extreme trauma, violence and sexual abuse.

Up to 30 children are in a critical condition and have stopped eating, drinking, walking, talking and are becoming non-responsive. Medical specialists have reported that without action, a child will die.

A donation right now can deliver lifesaving medical support and advocate for their immediate removal from Nauru.


The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and legal partners, including the National Justice Project, have already secured the medical transfer of 31 children who are close to dying. 

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Nauru is the size of Melbourne airport, and for many children this is the only home they have ever known. The environment they are growing up in has affected their development and mental health, and to make matters worse, they are trapped indefinitely with no meaningful pathway for relocation.

Parents are unable to cope with their children’s deteriorating mental and physical health, further adding to an already dire situation.

Children on Nauru are experiencing:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • A feeling of hopelessness
  • Fear and panic attacks
  • Self-harm
  • Developmental issues

Around 30 children have shown
from Traumatic Withdrawal Syndrome, a strong sense of resignation, brought about by the traumatic environment they are confined to and the non-treatment of prolonged mental illness. They have lost the ability to walk, talk, eat, self-toilet, drink or socialise. They are dehydrated and malnourished.

Overwhelmed parents who are barely coping with their own trauma are struggling to care for comatose children, trying to get food and water into their bodies.

They can’t get better on Nauru because being trapped there is the cause of their trauma.

The ASRC is responding to urgent requests for help by children and families who have nowhere else to turn. 

Our Detention Advocacy team are working directly with families who have children that have made repeated suicide attempts, to get them urgent medical care and to be evacuated to safety.

Your donation will fund our detention and advocacy programs to help more children get immediate medical aid and advocate for their removal from Nauru.

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If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call 000.