“Please help me.
I need help. Please, I’m not happy in this camp. Please, I need freedom.”
This is just one of the quotes spoken by an 11-year-old boy from Australia, on behalf a child in detention who wrote it.
The boy features in a new video by student-run organisation, Kidz4Kidz Australia as part of a social media campaign focused on advocating for children in detention.
Students from Mount St Benedict College in New South Wales began the group in 2013.
Hard at work on our next campaign – make sure you let us know of any of ur events we could be a part of! #kidz4kidz pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/DhCip4AiP2
— Kidz4Kidz_AUS (@kidz4kidz_AUS) June 22, 2015
Sixteen-year-old Jessica Pereira helped create the video and said she and her peers were confronted by the stories from children in detention.
“These quotes, messages and horrific images were used as the basis of our video,” she said. “We felt as though they demonstrated exactly what we as a group wanted to inform the public about and especially people of our age. We were also confronted by the amount of laws the Australian government is breaking in relation to international human and child rights.”
The quotes used were taken from the The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 Report.
According to the report, about 800 children were in mandatory detention last year.
On average, children are held in detention centres for 14 months.
Ms Pereira wanted to spread awareness about children in detention to other young Australians.
“As children ourselves, we understand the opportunities that they are lacking in and we want to voice this inequality,” she said.
Great to be a part of the @childdetention protest on Monday – check out our Facebook for photos & info! pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/ybCXIFdpgq
— Kidz4Kidz_AUS (@kidz4kidz_AUS) June 16, 2015
Mount St Benedict teacher Christina He has been helping the young group.
She said it was important to get young people informed about asylum seekers around the world, as the issue dominated headlines not only in Australia, but overseas.
“As teachers, we need to continue empowering our students to take learning beyond the classroom and contribute to the world respectfully and meaningfully throughout their schooling and beyond,” she said.
The video was launched in conjuction with World Humanitarian Day, a global celebration of people helping people.
The day is aimed at inspiring action and solidarity against conflict, torture, disease, famine, suffering and poor leadership that often turns a blind eye.
Kidz4Kidz_AUS are aiming to get 100,000 views of their video on their Facebook page and get the issue of children in detention trending on social media.