#KidsOffNauru - Part 2
Children in detention on Nauru have witnessed lip-stitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts. In many cases in the past seven months, Australian judges have ordered that young children in urgent need of medical care be immediately brought to Australia.
Three refugees in Nauru have already taken their own lives.
In the first episode of The Yak, we met some of the people behind the #KidsOffNauru Campaign. We heard from children trapped on the tiny island nation of Nauru and some of those advocating on their behalf. If you haven't listened to it yet or are new to the issue, you might want to go back and listen to Part One.
When the #KidsOffNauru campaign started in August, there were over 100 children trapped on Nauru. As we record this, there are still ten. Of course, if you keep a child in detention long enough, they stop being a child. Hundreds of adults remain in offshore detention, and many have turned 18 in detention.
In this episode we meet Shaun Hanns, a former immigration official whose job it was to approve or reject refugee and asylum seeker claims. We also speak to Natasha Blucher, an advocate from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, who works with those asylum seekers wanting to take legal action. Then we meet Nicki Lees, a lawyer in Maurice Blackburn social justice practice who has been working around the clock to bring these matters before the courts. Finally, we hear from Claire Rogers, World Vision Australia CEO.