Refugee children on Nauru at risk of death, says doctor whistleblower

Psychiatrist caring for young asylum-seekers in offshore detention fears there will be suicides

Doctors caring for refugee children on Nauru say there’s been a spate of incidents of self-harm on the island and fear there will be suicides.

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Some 130 children are detained on the island, but many are self-harming, according to reports, including a 14-year-old girl who doused herself in petrol and threatened to set herself alight.

The situation has become so extreme that many of the children have been diagnosed with resignation syndrome – a rare psychiatric condition that presents as progressive social withdrawal and reluctance to engage.

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