Nauru self-harm 'contagion' as 12-year-old refugee tries to set herself alight

Another young refugee on Nauru is critically ill after refusing to eat and drink, and rejecting medical care for weeks, while a 12-year-old girl has been taken to Nauru hospital after reportedly attempting to set herself on fire.

The situation on Nauru has grown “dangerously chaotic” a government source told Guardian Australia.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/23/nauru-self-harm-contagion-as-12-year-old-refugee-tries-to-set-herself-alight

Nauru hunger strike: Border Force abandons multiple attempts to move child to Australia

Australian Border Force refuses to allow boy, who has refused food for 19 days, to travel with stepfather........................On Monday morning, the ABF ordered an air ambulance to medivac the boy from the island, but without any family members. The Guardian understands he has refused to go, and ABF sources say they are concerned about the legality of forcibly removing a child from his parents.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/20/nauru-hunger-strike-border-force-abandons-attempts-to-move-child-to-australia?mc_cid=98085483a9&mc_eid=63743e84d5

Exclusive images and footage of children in detention on Nauru Island

THESE are the unseen children of Nauru’s detention centre finally revealed — the young faces refugee advocates will use to publicise a new attempt to change Australia’s immigration policy. Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2018.  Article by Jennifer Sexton. [Link and photos could not be added to this Blog as The Daily Telegraph has a pay wall. - Text below copied and pasted from the article]

In the past five years more than 40 stateless babies have been born to asylum seekers in the offshore processing centre — the compound their parents have lived in since they arrived in Australia by boat under the soft border protection policies of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments.

Exclusive photographs and video, taken on behalf of World Vision, show the Nauru-born children, now aged up to five, playing on the rocky remnants of a phosphate mine and staring through the wire fences of the camp.

Other pictures capture boys and girls playing with some of their donated toys including plastic blocks, a colouring book and a doll.

In total, there are 119 children on Nauru. World Vision claims 85 per cent of the families who live there have been deemed refugees.

The charity is launching a campaign today in a bid to get them off the island, releasing the pictures to back up its claims that the kids in the camp live in mouldy tents and rely on dirty bathroom facilities. It also suggest some are suffering recurring respiratory problems and skin allergies.

One mother, in answer to emailed questions, said her two-year-old son George (not his real name) is smart and loves to play but she worries he is not getting the best start in life.

“Any noise makes him scard (sic) and he screams,” the woman wrote. “He is a nervous boy, he cryes (sic) too much. I think he doesn’t growing (sic) up normally.

“He has too allergic skin from he (sic) born on Nauru. Nauru weather isn’t good for him because this island make (sic) from phosphate.”

She said the tents and fences reminded her of the conflict and persecution she claims she was forced to flee.

The children’s families were among the last groups to arrive by boat and be sent for processing offshore before the Coalition’s policy to “stop the boats”, which successfully broke the people smugglers’ trade to Australia and stopped hundreds of other would-be asylum seekers drowning in the process.

Asked how many children are on Nauru and how many of them were born there, Peter Dutton’s Home Affairs Department did not answer, but it flagged no softening in its successful policy which has stopped the boats.

“The Australian government’s position has not changed, these individuals will never come to Australia,” a spokeswoman for Home Affairs said.

The government announced in 2016 that the last of more than 8000 children locked up in Australian mainland immigration detention centres under the Rudd and Gillard Labor administrations had been released.

But while the government publishes data on detention centres, the children on Nauru are not counted because they are not considered “detained” as they are not locked up and are able to attend school.

“You don’t need a fence to put someone in detention, you just take away their liberties,” World Vision chief executive Claire Rogers said.

“Most of these children have be caught up in the government’s decision that no child or person that arrives by boat can come to Australia. No parent would let their child grow up like this, in these conditions.

“We have removed their liberty, put them on a phosphate rock the size of Melbourne airport in a community that doesn’t want them.”

The federal court has, on seven occasions, ordered people from the island be transferred off for medical treatment, with one recent case of a mother and her son travelling to Taiwan for hospitalisation.

Under regional processing deals the refugees can apply to resettle in the United States or Cambodia, the spokeswoman said.

The US has agreed to resettle about 1200 refugees.

So far only 371 people from Nauru and Manus, another regional processing centre, have been resettled in the US, the spokeswoman said

Nauru hunger strike: 12-year-old boy at imminent risk of dying

“Everyone on the island knows how serious this is. We have been saying for months a child is going to die in these circumstances,” an on-island official with knowledge of the medical situation told the Guardian. “A child is going to die. Every day we get closer. It’s never been so critical.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/nauru-hunger-strike-12-year-old-boy-at-imminent-risk-of-dying?CMP=share_btn_link

Australia's Child Refugees Are Suffering A Rare Psychological Illness Where They Withdraw From The World

At least six children sent to Nauru by the Australian government have resignation syndrome. Doctors say the rare psychological illness is like “going into hibernation”.......................................

“These children need to be in an acute medical setting where they’ve got access to intensive care, they need nasogastric [nose tube] feeding, rehydrations, intravenous fluids, and a lot of nursing care to prevent complications,” Newman said. “It’s a medical condition initially. Further down the track, some of these children will wake up when they realise they’re in space of safety.”

Next comes treating their minds. None of this will happen quickly. But what might happen after that doesn’t bear thinking about.

“They need intensive psychological treatment to help them cope with the trauma they’ve been through,” said Newman. “Then the politics will be the desire to send her back.”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/australias-child-refugees-are-being-diagnosed-with-swedens?utm_term=.towGJ2w7#.qmNWA1EG

Boston Globe Editorial 12 August 2018. Australia subjects refugees to a cruel fate. US shouldn’t follow.

THE AUSTRALIAN DETENTION CAMPS on the tiny Micronesian islands of Nauru and Manus are, by all accounts, hell on earth.

Adult detainees have set themselves on fire, and children as young as 10 have repeatedly attempted suicide. Allegations of sexual assault and child abuse are rampant. Camp conditions are toxic, but health care has been denied to detainees. The government has banned journalistsand human rights advocates. Thousands of citizens on the mainland have staged protests, to no avail.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/08/11/australia-subjects-refugees-cruel-fate-shouldn-follow/RJTKCBzCRuGoCIsUbOxsUL/story.html?mc_cid=2792189952&mc_eid=63743e84d5

Management mum over Nauru workers' removal

The Australian company Canstruct will not comment on the deportation of four of its workers at the Australian-run asylum seeker camps on Nauru.

The Nauru Government is also refusing to say why the workers were sent home..................................

In about six weeks time a Nauru run company is set to assume the management of the refugee facilities, with the Canstruct contract coming to an end.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/363628/management-mum-over-nauru-workers-removal?mc_cid=2792189952&mc_eid=63743e84d5