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.
BEFRIEND A CHILD IN DETENTION MEDIA RELEASE
OVER 150 CHILDREN KEPT ON NAURU BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - PETER DUTTON KNOWINGLY DECEIVES THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC
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”.
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MEDIA ENQUIRIES: FOR MORE INFORMATION, IMAGES AND TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH CONVENOR JUNE FACTOR CONTACT: Rosemary Hamilton +61 (0)437 820015 firstname.lastname@example.org