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 160 refugee and asylum seeker children living on Nauru.
Join us to demand justice for those seeking asylum in Australia. The 160 refugee and asylum seeker children and their parents held in misery on Nauru must be urgently brought to safety in Australia or New Zealand.Palm Sunday marches for refugees will be going ahead in every capital city, and in many regional towns. Find out more about these marches here. Melbourne Befrienders will gather at 1:45pm on Sunday 25th March outside the State Library (near Mr Tulk café in La Trobe St) and all are welcome to walk with us! If you can, make your own Befriend a Child in Detention placard to wave to the watching crowds.Send us your photos of the day and we will post them on our social media sites in order to show the solidarity of Australians for this cause.
Australia’s refugee policies have been decried as being ‘harsh, inhumane and detrimental to the health and safety of the refugees’. “Read one reason for this here.
“When we heard we were to be settled in Australia, everyone was so excited, compared to the life we had been living; we all thought maybe our life was going to change. “Read more here.
Why are human beings like Priya, Nadesalingam and their two small daughters being treated like a virus that needs to be eradicated? Read their story here.
Ahead of Sydney’s 21st Biennale, world most famous artist and Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei has a message for Australia when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers.. Read the full article here.
Microbiologist Dr Cameron Jones has warned that the issue of mould in the Nauru immigration centre presents a severe health hazard to those forced to live and work within the centre. He described this problem as “10 out of 10” stating that it “couldn’t be any worse”. Read the full article here.
Around 12,000 people seeking asylum living in Australia are at risk of losing lifesaving services due to Government changes. Read the full article here.
“The National Gallery of Victoria has ended its contract with Wilson Security following a series of protests by artists over the firm’s offshore detention links…Wilson Security is the former provider of security services at Australia’s offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, where several asylum seekers have died.”
Costs to Australian government are outweighed by need to protect a vulnerable girl, court rules. Read more here.
News: Judge orders Nauru refugee girl’s transfer to Australia over suicide risk