Right now, more than 100 children are still being held indefinitely on Nauru. We need a bold, loud, gracious and compassionate voice to call on our nation to get these precious children out of detention.
For the last five years, our offshore detention centres have created environments of abuse and neglect, causing serious harm to men, women and children. Children detained on Nauru have witnessed lip stitching, self-immolation and suicide attempts – and each week we hear of severe mental health conditions, desperate medical needs, and harrowing stories of fear, despair and hopelessness.
As Christians, our heart breaks for this injustice. But we do not sit silent in grief. We must stand with these children, uphold their rights and call on our government to let the little children come.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.” - Matthew 19:14
In three months, on November 20th, it will be Universal Children's Day – an international day set aside to improving child welfare across the world. We're praying, and we're acting, that by this date all children subject to offshore processing in Nauru will be brought to Australia with their families.
If you care for these children, sign the petition to our political leaders to let these children and their families come to Australia.
At the heart of our faith is a deep belief that all life is precious, and that those who are vulnerable and subject to injustice have God's ear. May we too bend our ear to the cries of those in detention, longing for hope, praying for relief.
As a movement, we are committed to speaking against injustice, to standing with the marginalised, to calling out the best in the church that we may be a voice of compassion, peace, humility and beauty that stands for justice and mercy in all things.
#KidsOffNauru is a nation-wide campaign involving hundreds of organisations across faith and civil society. Together we are calling for the immediate resettlement of children, and their families, who are being held indefinitely on Nauru.