Australia’s offshore processing regime under spotlight with at least 20 troubled refugee children on ‘food and fluid refusal’

• Pacific Islands Forum: what is it and why have some media been banned?

Nauru’s hosting of the Pacific Islands Forum is at risk of being overshadowed by its role in Australia’s offshore processing regime – in particular, the acute mental illness of dozens of refugee children.

Medical sources on Nauru say at least 20 children are in the Australian-run regional processing centre 1 (RPC1) on “food and fluid refusal” and at risk of permanent harm or death.

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