Unlikely pen pals – a UNICEF Australia feature

Images of some of the letters receieved by Befriend, courtesy of UNICEF Australia.

UNICEF Australia has produced a wonderful blog post. It offers extracts from letters a multitude of Australian children wrote to the children held in detention on Nauru.

The letters resulted from a letter-writing project we conducted encouraging schoolchildren from across the country to write to the refugee children. Letters came from everywhere, from state and private schools, from primary and secondary students. This wonderful avalanche of letters of friendship and hope challenged and still challenges the ‘official’ voices of rejection and neglect.

Australian children chose empathy over enmity.


Please share the link around.

Befriend a Child in Detention

Carlton P.O. Box 1282

Carlton, Vic, 3053

Email: j.factor@unimelb.edu.au

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