Locals stand together for children on Nauru
COMMUNITY members and members from the Anglican Parish of Euroa gathered together on Sunday, November 18 for a candlelit prayer vigil for children in offshore detention on Nauru.
The service was led by Rev Dr Michelle Wood, the Anglican priest at St Paul’s, and comprised of reading and reflecting upon the UN Rights of the Child and listening to Syrian children singing in a horrendous bombing situation.
Some 52 children have been subjected to the conditions of offshore detention on Nauru, Manus Island and now twenty-two are left on the Nauru awaiting transfer to Australia for medical treatment.
The group has decided to continue to meet weekly each Sunday at St Paul’s Anglican church from 3-4 pm from the November 25 and maintain a candle prayer vigil until all children are released from Nauru.
The group will also continue to pray for and reflect on how the lives of all fifty-two children can be repaired and restored after the traumas of fleeing their native countries and experience of offshore detention by the Australian government.
All members from the community are welcome to attend.
Universal Day of Children, was held on the 20 November and it is timely to reflect on the UN Rights of the Child which are summarised below:
Principle 1: Every child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration
Principle 2: The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him or her to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner.
Principle 3: The child shall be entitled from his or her birth to a name and a nationality.
Principle 4: The child shall enjoy the benefits of social security.
Principle 5: The child who is physically, mentally or socially handicapped shall be given the special treatment, education and care required by his or her particular condition.
Principle 6: The child, for the full and harmonious development of her or his personality needs to be provided with love and understanding.
Principle 7: The child is entitled to receive education, which shall be free and compulsory, at least in the elementary stages.
Principle 8: The child shall in all circumstances be among the first to receive protection and relief.
Principle 9: The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation.
Principle 10: The child shall be protected from practices which may foster racial, religious and any other form of discrimination.