Befriend a Child in Detention is a community project committed to seeing an end to the detention of child asylum seekers. We aim to inspire and support compassionate Australians to make a positive connection with the children and families living in detention: to ameliorate their experience, to raise awareness of their circumstances, and to advocate for positive change.

There are currently 157 refugee and asylum seeker children living on Nauru.



Australian refugee support organisation Befriend a Child in Detention categorically refutes Peter Dutton’s deceit. His on-camera statement Sunday November 5 in which he categorically states, “We’ve got every child out of detention,” deliberately seeks to mislead the Australian public.

“Peter​ ​Dutton​ ​declared:​ ​‘We’ve​ ​got​ ​every​ ​child​ ​out​ ​of​ ​detention!’​ ​What​ ​slimy deceit.​ ​The​ ​government​ ​declares​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​a​ ​detention​ ​centre​ ​on​ ​Nauru​ ​– hence​ ​no​ ​detained​ ​children.​ ​In​ ​fact,​ ​the​ ​refugee​ ​and​ ​asylum​ ​seeker​ ​families​ ​with their​ ​children​ ​are​ ​now​ ​living​ ​in​ ​six​ ​camps​ ​on​ ​the​ ​island,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​which​ ​is​ ​the abandoned​ ​detention​ ​centre​!!​ ​The​ ​Australian​ ​government​ ​sent​ ​them​ ​there;​ ​the Australian​ ​government​ ​keeps​ ​them​ ​there.”. June​ ​Factor,​ ​Convenor,​ ​Befriend​ ​a​ ​Child​ ​In​ ​Detention.

The facts: over 150 refugee and asylum-seeker children are today on Nauru, most without schooling, living among families that are grieving and depressed. Australian psychiatrists who have examined the children declare them the most depressed they have ever seen. A recent UN report on the children’s welfare documents ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’ and voices extreme concern for the children’s physical and mental well-being.

Some children have spent their whole lives – four years – on this poor Pacific island. They and their families are detained although they have never been brought before a court, have never been sentenced for a crime.

Members of the government seek to deliberately hide this from the public and from their electorates by using language to mislead and confuse.

“This​ ​level​ ​of​ ​manipulation​ ​of​ ​language​ ​is​ ​Orwellian.​ ​To​ ​quote​ ​George​ ​Orwell: ‘Political​ ​language​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​make​ ​lies​ ​sound​ ​truthful​ ​and​ ​murder respectable.’”. June​ ​Factor,​ ​Convenor,​ ​Befriend​ ​a​ ​Child​ ​in​ ​Detention.

Befriend a Child In Detention exists to provide support to the asylum seeker and refugee children living in detention. Once these children were held in detention centres across Australia. Now all of these children with their families have been dumped on Nauru.

“We​ ​must​ ​not​ ​forget​ ​there​ ​are​ ​more​ ​than​ ​150​ ​refugee​ ​and​ ​asylum​ ​seeker​ ​children​ ​kept -​ ​by​ ​our​ ​government,​ ​the​ ​Australian​ ​government​ ​-​ ​in​ ​detention-like​ ​conditions​ ​on Nauru.​ ​These​ ​children​ ​are​ ​marooned​ ​on​ ​Nauru,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​live​ ​with​ ​their​ ​families​ ​in anxiety​ ​and​ ​fear.​ ​They​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​the​ ​sympathy​ ​and​ ​kindness​ ​of​ ​Australians​ ​for material​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​support.”. June​ ​Factor,​ ​Convenor,​ ​Befriend​ ​a​ ​Child​ ​In​ ​Detention.

In the four years since the organisation was founded, it has provided these children with thousands of letters from Australians young and old, together with beautiful new books and playthings – all donated by the Australian community. Befriend a Child in Detention is now preparing to send the next tranche of letters and gifts to the children for the coming Christmas and New Year.

Reference: Peter Dutton media clip via ABC at 7 second mark “got every child out of detention”.

FURTHER​ ​INFORMATION: http://www.befriendachild.com https://www.facebook.com/befriendachildindetention

MEDIA​ ​ENQUIRIES: FOR​ ​MORE​ ​INFORMATION,​ ​IMAGES​ ​AND​ ​TO​ ​ARRANGE​ ​AN​ ​INTERVIEW​ ​WITH​ ​CONVENOR JUNE​ ​FACTOR​ ​CONTACT: Rosemary​ ​Hamilton +61​ ​(0)437​ ​820015 hamilton.rosemary.e@gmail.com


News: Manus A Humanitarian Crisis
The humanitarian crisis we see unfolding on Manus Island has not arisen from nowhere, and was not unforeseen. It is an inevitable result of an evolving social calculus, designed to break vulnerable people seeking safety, and convince a nation that this cruelty is necessary. 
Read the full article here.

News: GetUp Campaign: New Contractor for Nauru
The Australian Government has struck an $8 million taxpayer-funded contract with Canstruct taking to keep the offshore detention regime up and running on Nauru for the next six months, and we understand Dutton wants to see Canstruct detaining people on Nauru for three more years.
There are already 369 people, including children, imprisoned within the Nauru camp. Recently, Minister Dutton told the 900 men on Manus Island they could ‘apply’ to go to Nauru — shunting them from one prison island to another.
Can you contact Canstruct and urge them to walk away from Dutton’s deal and his cruel regime? To do so click here

News: Asylum seekers separated from children

Australian immigration authorities are refusing to let asylum seekers held in offshore detention be present at the birth of their children.
“Iranian Kurd Mohammad Farahi said the Australian Border Force and officials on Nauru were refusing to let him travel to Brisbane to be with his heavily pregnant wife, who was flown to Australia for treatment after being diagnosed with dengue fever. Another four men on Nauru have never seen their infant children because of the same restriction”.
Read the full article here.

Events: Seminar: Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugees

Melbourne Befrienders, you might be interested in an upcoming seminar run by the Melbourne Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugees. Speakers include Professor Gillian Triggs, David Manne, Michael Gordon and Natasha Blucher. There’ll be time for them each to respond to your questions, and then there will be a moderated Q&A panel to find ways to take us forward with hope.

Sunday 12 November 2017 at 9:15am
At ANMF Building: 535 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic 3000

Book tickets here

News: Beyond the politicised white noise, refugees are being brutally mistreated – Daniel Webb

“At a global level, the Turnbull government’s “single-minded focus on deterrence” fundamentally misses the point. People fleeing danger deserve safety. To get it they must go somewhere. The focus needs to be on making sure they get there in a safe and orderly way. After all, if every country in the world had a “single-minded focus on deterrence” then persecuted people would be left with nowhere to flee.”

Read the full article here

News: Twenty-seven refugees leave Nauru for US

2,011 people remain on Manus & Nauru after 52 left for the US. These people live in complete uncertainty, with no idea if or when they will be free.

One refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition “We are happy to be finally going to the United States, but we are not excited. Our heart and hopes have died on Nauru.” “People are happy to be going to the USA,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “But the movement of just 50 people, shows the level of uncertainty that surrounds the deal with the USA.
Read more here

3 thoughts on “Home

  1. apmartin2014 says:

    Thank you for all you are doing! Sometimes it seems such a long, hard battle to get these children out of detention. One day we will succeed, but in the meantime, projects such as this at least bring a little pleasure and hope into their lives.


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