It's only a matter of time until a child dies in Australian offshore detention.

By GetUp! - Former medical staff from the Australian concentration camp for refugees on the island of Nauru, have a dire warning for the Australian Government: it's only a matter of time until a child dies in detention there.

Last week, three whistleblowers defied immigration minister Peter Dutton and his department, appearing on the ABC's 7:30 Report to speak out about what they witnessed in Australia's offshore detention regime.1

The explosive interviews are the most recent glimpse we have into the notoriously secretive detention centre on Nauru – with some of the medical staff having left the island just weeks ago.

And one thing is clear – the situation for children detained on Nauru is critical.

While medical professionals sound the alarm and join the call to get #KidsOffNauru – our government refuses to even acknowledge the 107 children they've detained on Nauru for five years.

But with all eyes on Nauru for the Pacific Islands Forum, now is the perfect time to dial up the pressure on Australian politicians – and we have just the way.

Can you share a video of the whistleblowers far and wide and confront our politicians with the medical emergency for children detained on Nauru?

(Pictured is a still from the video with Fiona Owens, a whistleblower)

Former mental health team leader and experienced social worker Fiona Owens stopped working in the detention centre just a month ago. She said the children have extensive developmental and psychological issues that may never be resolved.2

Child psychiatrist Dr Vernon Reynolds, one of the longest serving medical professionals on Nauru, said the children are exhibiting signs of severe trauma.3

In 2014, Australian paediatricians said mandatory detention constituted child abuse.4 This latest wave of whistleblowers shows that if anything – the conditions have deteriorated even further. We don't have time to waste.

Can you share this video with your friends and family and help shine a light on the critical situation for children detained on Nauru?

So far, over 160 children and their families have been brought to Australia from offshore detention on doctors orders. But 107 kids remain on Nauru, some never knowing a day of freedom in their lives.

Together, we must stand up and fight to bring them and their families to safety.

In determination,

Shen and Renaire for the GetUp team

P.S. The groundswell of support to get #KidsOffNauru is growing. In two weeks more than 90,000 people have signed petitions calling for action, 300 GetUp members have chipped in to fund cutting-edge digital ads and mobile billboards, medical whistleblowers have broken rank to sound the alarm, and photos of the children on Nauru have made front page news in News Corp publications like the Daily Telegraph. Together, we can push politicians to bring these children and their families to safety.

References:
[1] 'Healthcare workers speak out about the health of child refugees on Nauru', ABC, 27 August 2018.
[2] 'Healthcare workers speak out about the health of child refugees on Nauru', ABC, 27 August 2018.
[3] 'Refugee children on Nauru are Googling how to kill themselves, whistleblower warns', ABC, 27 August 2018.
[4] 'Paediatricians say mandatory detention is child abuse', The Conversation, 6 October 2014 GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, please donate now!

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