There are few principles more fundamental to UNHCR’s mandate than the protection of children fleeing conflict.

This is why Australia for UNHCR is supporting the #KidsOffNauru campaign. The petition called for all children and their families detained through Australian offshore processing in Nauru to be evacuated by Universal Children’s Day on 20 November.

Since the campaign launched, dozens of children have at last been transferred to safety in Australia. Thank you to all our supporters who added their voice.

Thank you for standing with refugees. © World Vision

Sadly, however, as the deadline passed earlier this week, 17 children remain on Nauru, against the advice of medical experts.

Until every child has been evacuated, we continue to call on all members of the Australian Parliament to bring them to safety. Equally, women and men are suffering the same acute health risks and negative effects of “offshore processing”, prompting community-wide calls for action.

Having recognised this life-threatening situation for children, the Government should prevent that same harm and loss of life for everyone, and evacuate them immediately to Australia.

Australia for UNHCR has a long history of supporting displaced children – tragically they account for half of all refugees globally.

We have enabled family tracing programs for Eritrean refugee children who lost their families. We support trauma counselling for Rohingya children who fled Myanmar. And we are funding healthcare for newborns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

All refugee children, wherever they are in the world, deserve to be protected, have adequate healthcare and continue their education.

17 children remain on Nauru. © World Vision

Thank you again for standing with refugees.

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