Getting journalists to Nauru

Bearing witness on Nauru

On Thursday the 1st of October the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, described the reports that two refugee women were raped on Nauru as "alarming". He said his government was committed to “ensuring the safety of people who are sent to offshore processing centres.” The Prime Minister said the Australian Government was working with Nauru to provide a "safe environment" for asylum seekers who were sent there.

Prime Minister Turnbull trusts the Nauruan government to keep the refugee women, children and families safe on Nauru. But how would he know?

Nauru is almost a black site operation now: with another two women coming forward to say they have been raped.

The women, children and families living in fear of being raped, bashed and burnt believe they are on their own in this appalling situation. We cannot allow that isolation to continue.

One of Australia’s most esteemed and experienced journalists, Wendy Bacon, has agreed to go to Nauru to cover the story as she finds it on the island. Elder stateswomen and former Premier of Western Australia and federal Health Minister, Professor Carmen Lawrence will accompany Wendy. Professor Lawrence will be there to bear witness and stand in solidarity with the women and families on Nauru.

But this is where we all come in. As members of the Australian community who are ashamed of the treatment meted out to those coming to Australia seeking our protection we are crowd-funding the cost of getting both Wendy and Carmen to Nauru.

That cost we estimate to be around $20,000 for the visas, flights, fundraising fee, transport and accommodation.

Twenty-three men, women and children have now been raped or sexually abused and need the real story told.

Donate now to raise the funds urgently needed to send Wendy and Carmen to bear witness on Nauru.

- Luisa Low, Julie Macken, Pamela Curr

*In the event non-refundable visa applications are denied, the remaining amount ($12,000) will go towards Go Fund Me fundraising fees and asylum seeker resources (TBA).

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