Hello lovely FreethechildrenNAURU friends,
The children managing this page send you their heartfelt thanks for all your kind words and offers of assistance. They were overwhelmed, delighted and a bit confused by the volume of your support. They never expected it having felt forgotten for so long.
The issue with Facebook has been resolved as an adult in Australia has provided their details as Administrator. The children still manage the page as Editors but under the protection of trusted adults that they know. Thank you for all the offers to help moderate and administer the page, but I’m sure you understand the risks of providing such access to people unknown to the children. This page is their initiative and we aim to keep it that way.
The teenage Editors of this page have also regrouped and recruited more children in Nauru, inside and outside the camp, to assist with the page management and will try to respond to as many comments as possible. Do keep in mind that the internet in Nauru is very slow and they have to use proxy servers to access Facebook which slows it down even more. So even if your comment is not replied to, it has been read and appreciated. It is for this reason also, that the private message function has been removed from the page.
They have also requested the assistance of trusted adults to monitor the page for trolls. Out of over 24,000 likes in 48 hours, 21 users have been blocked for posting awful comments. The children want this page to be a peaceful and positive space and request that you do not reply to negative comments, they will be deleted and blocked by adult moderators.
Thank you also friends for the many generous offers of gifts for the children. We are in the process of compiling a mailing list from those that have emailed firstname.lastname@example.org and will email out instructions on how to send gifts to Nauru and other detention centres in Australia as soon as possible. This needs to be managed in an equitable manner to ensure all children on Nauru are included.
That’s it from me, now back to the children …..
Mary Blight Thanks so much for the information! Good work kids! I love this fb page. Long may it last! PS. I am descended from a young girl who came out to Australia with her 14 year old sister from Ireland in the 1860s. They were not exactly welcome here when they arrived, but my ancestor went on to live a good life. heart emoticon
Skye Starkey When there were Bosnian refugees in Australia my sisters & I sent letters & gifts to Bosnian refugee children. Now I’m an adult & a mother I would like to know if there is any way to exchange letters with asylum seekers. Is anyone aware of any programs available for this?
Sophia Katz Hello children. How are you today? I’m thinking of you constantly and I would love to be able to send you letters and presents if you are allowed and you would like them. My daughter Ocean is 11 and she said she loves you and that she is trying to help bring you to Australia. I hope today brings you some love and cuddles and fun things.
Katie Smith Great work. You know, it is so good to see the vast numbers of supporters do actually out-number the haters. This is something I always believed but it’s hard to prove when the haters are so vocal. They are the noisy minority … something for our politicians to take note of, don’t you think?
Claire Holloway I hope you can keep doing your art. I hope to send you materials for art. There are many people around the world and we are watching. I am embarrassed by my government and hope they lose their jobs at the election next year. Meanwhile, please know that you are not alone. grin emoticon
Austin Tasman Pickering Don’t worry kids, people care about what happens to you, and hate it that you are stuck there. Don’t worry. It won’t be forever. You will get out of there at some point. Just stay calm and help each other and look after each other while you have the boring wait to get out. You have friends don’t forget that. smile emoticon
Humans of the Refuge Humans of the Refuge welcome back Free the Children NAURU and will be happy to feature the children page in our page to our 39K+ members. If their page faces any troubles in the future, we will be glad to host them and publish their stories through our page. Please be strong and we are all love you and support you heart emoticon
Dianna King Hello kids. What an awesome initiative. I just wanted to let you know that I am a primary teacher and I spent about 5 – 6 weeks teaching my class about refugees especially those on Manus and Christmas Islands and Nauru. Please be strenghtened by the fact that Australians do know and care about you.
Kirsten Stewart Last Friday I helped with the putting together of shoe boxes full of gifts for newly arrived children to this country. It is a youth driven initiative coordinated by the local support group I’m a part of. Between the outpouring of love and acceptance…See More
Sabina Gugler I am so very happy to see that this page will continue on and that we can all continue to communicate with you children! You are beautiful and strong and of course supported by so many Australians! Our Love goes straight from our hearts to yours which …See More
Sharon Egan To the children: please don’t let those negative users dissuade you from reaching out to us, telling your stories and sharing your art. There are more people on your side than not and we’re advocating for you any way we can. Focus on the love and wishes of peace.
So glad you are organising yourselves, and apparently have the resources to solve the main problems.
I was so concerned that you would be forced to disappear – if not by Facebook, then by the draconian laws that control your environment.…See More
Adrian Broadby It must seem like you are forgotten, but you are not. So many people in Australia would love to have you all resettled in our country so that you can start enjoying life again. It is wonderful to have this opportunity to let you know that not everyone in Australia shares the attitude of our government, and I hope that one day soon the government’s policy will change.
Clare Pascoe I think it’s wonderful that 1 in every 1000 Australians has liked the page within a 48-hour period. Of course the initial rush is unlikely to be sustained (people are busy, get distracted, lose their initial impetus to post, and so on) but please assur…See More
Margot Rodrom-Robertson This is wonderful news! You are dealing with everything so well. It must take a lot of physical and emotional effort. I want to say …. and I am sure there would be many people agreeing with me …. please do not feel you have to respond to everything…See More
Rachael Brunsberg Im so glad you are able to keep the page open, not least so those that don’t really get it, can see that you are normal children who deserve a home! There are many of us who wish that you could come to Australia TODAY and set up that home. Keep safe and know that there are many who think of you everyday.
Mellisa Giancarlo Hello lovely children. I am so glad you are able to keep your facebook page going so that you know that there are thousands of Australian people who care about you and want to help you. My family is Australian but we live in Switzerland at the moment…See More
Kim Aubrey Children, please do not think that all Australians are like our politicians. We respect you and we want you to have wonderful lives. We are all here, waiting with open arms. Keep being as brave as you are because one day soon, your bravery will win out over everything.
Nelly Colt This is great news! Don’t give up on your dreams, children. And don’t let the adults around you give up either. I won’t lie to you, there are some horrible, racist people here in Australia. But there are many more people who support your fight for free…See More
Julie Mauger To all the brave children and young people on Nauru: well done for starting up this FB group. I hope you know that thousands of Australians (and people from all over the world) are fighting for your freedom and safety. Nauru will come to an end one d…See More
Teresa Sanchez Greetings from Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia. It is wonderful to see that the Facebook page is still open and you can send your messages to the world. Thinking of you, children of Nauru. You are not forgotten. There are many Australian people who very m…See More
Lorraine Szymanski Warnick You are all in my and my family’s thoughts daily. Please know that most Australians are good people and many want to welcome you into our country despite the cruel actions of our current Government. I promise you that my family and I are doing everythi…See More
Sonia Tallarida You are wanted. You are welcomed. You are remembered. We don’t know how to undo the terrible choices our government has made on our behalf. But we hope that in time you will forgive us for not knowing how to help you. Have faith. Turn to each other for support. We send you love.
Anja Radford Dear children on nauru i am so glad u have an adult in australia you trust so that the site can stay open. It isnso good to hear from you and i thank you for your bravery and resilliance to share your stories with us. Most of us here in australia are o…See More
Kerry Parkes I am so happy that you have found someone to keep your facebook page alive.I would like to hear from you, what your needs are. Do you have a school? How many of you are there? You are all precious and loved. Please believe that many Australians are working to help you. Your friend Kerry.xxx
Sunali Lewis Please tell the kids they don’t need to stress about responding to the comments. I hope I speak for many of us when I say – we love hearing from you and seeing your videos and knowing that we can tell you we care. Your general messages are enough without individual responses, we write to send you love, not to create work!
Catherine Matter We’re in the UK and I’d really love to know if there becomes available a way to write to you. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 19 month old son who I am sure would love to send you some little things to bring you comfort and joy. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for this information! X heart emoticon
Pat McMahon You were never forgotten our beautiful children. Some people in power have made you feel that way, and would like us to forget you. But we never did, and we never will. Be very sure we are working to free you from all these awful places and we will …See More
Cheryle Mia Jones I’m so glad to hear that you can keep the page going. To the children: heart emoticon we are so sad, and sorry for what you have been through, and what you are still going through. We cant wait for the day when you are here with us. Sending you love xxxx
Clare Nerida Schulz Menck Thank you for this brave initiative. We so want to welcome you into our country. My heart breaks a little for you every day. My children are six and three and I pray that one day you will be able to have all the good things that we are able to give to them here in Australia. Stay strong precious ones.
Heather Ryan Hello from Melbourne! Sending you lots of love and support. We hold onto hope that one day you will be free and safe. So many Australians will not give up the fight until that happens. We are teaching our children about you too. Stay strong, you’re doing so well! Xoxo
Gai Stern Most Australians (everyone except indigenous Australians) came here from somewhere else. If we were born here, our parents or their parents came from somewhere else. ‘We’ only go back 200 years at most. In other words, we are ALL boat people and we know that what is happening to you is unfair. There are far more of us on your side than you think. And we care.
Anne Albert That’s right children & parents. Don’t give up! Many people in Australia want you set free to get on with your lives & heal from this sad place your are in. Look to the sky. See those stars? I want you to be bright & sparkley just like them! I want you to have a home where you can be happy & play in safety. Hold on to your good dreams dear friends.