“Dear friend, you may feel alone but we want
you to know that we are thinking about you and
fighting to be able to welcome you to Australia.”
Thousands of compassionate messages, just like this, were tucked within the pages of books and sent to children on Nauru.
They were part of the Befriend a Child in Detention project, which challenged the decision to detain children whose families had fled their country and sought refuge.
The letters were written by school children from across Australia at a time when pressure was mounting for the Federal Government to get children off the tiny island country.
Australian children were reaching out to those stuck in limbo on Nauru to remind them that someone was listening, that someone cared.