The Forgotten Crisis
The Yak Season 2 is just around the corner. However, we have fast tracked this special episode on the forgotten crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Red Hand Day; the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers.
The use of child soldiers is classified as a war crime under international law. However, children are frequently abducted and forced into fighting, while others choose to join forces because they are poor, hungry and feel they have no other way to survive.
In this episode we hear from Sydney Morning Herald journalist David Wroe, World Vision's Brianna Piazza and some former child soldiers themselves.
A short Christmas message from World Vision.
The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas.
The Yak will be back in February 2019. Listen to this update to find out more.
#KidsOffNauru - Part 2
Children in detention on Nauru have witnessed lip-stitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts. In many cases in the past seven months, Australian judges have ordered that young children in urgent need of medical care be immediately brought to Australia.
Three refugees in Nauru have already taken their own lives.
In the first episode of The Yak, we met some of the people behind the #KidsOffNauru Campaign. We heard from children trapped on the tiny island nation of Nauru and some of those advocating on their behalf. If you haven't listened to it yet or are new to the issue, you might want to go back and listen to Part One.
When the #KidsOffNauru campaign started in August, there were over 100 children trapped on Nauru. As we record this, there are still ten. Of course, if you keep a child in detention long enough, they stop being a child. Hundreds of adults remain in offshore detention, and many have turned 18 in detention.
In this episode we meet Shaun Hanns, a former immigration official whose job it was to approve or reject refugee and asylum seeker claims.
We also speak to Natasha Blucher, an advocate from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, who works with those asylum seekers wanting to take legal action. Then we meet Nicki Lees, a lawyer in Maurice Blackburn social justice practice who has been working around the clock to bring these matters before the courts. Finally, we hear from Claire Rogers, World Vision Australia CEO.
Six Metres High
In this episode we'll hear some first hand accounts from on the ground in Sulawesi, Indonesia, where a massive emergency relief effort is underway. A devastating earthquake which triggered a powerful six-metre-high tsunami hit the region, killing more than 2,000 people.
Many were buried under rubble screaming for help as rescuers raced against time to save them. Unfortunately, that's where many of them died. Thousands more are missing, likely dead. Homes were swallowed up by the ground. Children ripped out of their mother's arms and swept away by the waters. Entire neighborhoods were buried under landslides.
Survivors are trying to piece their lives back together as they search through rubble one bit at a time. Here are some of their stories.
#KidsOffNauru - Part 1
In our first episode, we meet some of the people behind the #KidsOffNauru campaign and hear from a few of the children who are detained on this tiny island nation. We speak with Gabby Sutherland, a former teacher on Nauru, and Adam Valvasori from World Vision Australia's advocacy team.
The kids off the Nauru campaign is calling on the Australian parliament to get every child off Nauru by Universal Children's Day on November 20th.
Right now, more than 68 million people around the world are displaced. It's a complex global problem, but whatever the problem locking children up is never the answer.
Introducing The Yak
No one chooses to be displaced; leaving home is always a last resort.
World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide.
The Yak will take you to some of the places we work and also introduce you to some of the people who inspire us.
For more than 50 years, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes.
We work with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation.
We do this through relief and development, policy advocacy and change, collaboration, education about poverty, and emphasis on personal growth, social justice and spiritual values.