A 12-year-old boy is reportedly close to dying after being on a hunger strike for more than a fortnight on Nauru

Aerial view of Nauru. Photo: WikiCommons

A 12-year-old boy on the island of Nauru is being sedated and given fluids intravenously to keep him alive after being on a hunger strike for more than a fortnight.

The Guardian reports the boy has been held on Nauru with his mother, father and sister for nearly five years and has refused food and fluids for “between eight and 15 days”.

A source on the island claims “they know about this in Canberra”.

The boy and his Iranian family have been recognised as refugees. They were recently rejected for resettlement in the US.

The Guardian also reported the cases of two other children whose medical conditions were so severe they were due to leave the island for care on mainland Australia today.

One is “an eight-year-old autistic boy who requires high-level care not available on Nauru”, and another, a 14 year-old-boy, “no longer feeds, cleans, toilets or cares for himself” because his mental health has deteriorated so badly.

“A child is going to die,” an official on the island told the Guardian. “Every day we get closer. It’s never been so critical.”

There are currently around 130 children held on Nauru, most of which have been recognised as refugees.

You can read more about the critical child cases on Nauru here at the Guardian.

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