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  Asylum-seeker children 'threaten suicide'
Updated 28 January 2002, 18.28
Woomera detention centre, southern Australia
Eleven young asylum-seekers being held in an Australian detention centre have reportedly threatened to kill themselves unless they're released.

They're Afghan refugees who have fled the war in their own country and want to be allowed to live in Australia.

They are staying at the remote Woomera centre amongst hundreds of other asylum-seekers who are protesting at their treatment there.

The children are aged 12 to 17 and have no parents or guardians.

Hunger strike


Some of them are joining in a hunger strike which means refusing to eat or drink anything until they get what they want.

And it's been reported they've formed a suicide pact.

They're being held there while their asylum claims are processed but they're complaining about the delays.

They're also upset the centre is so far away from anywhere.

They want to go into foster care while the Australian government decides whether they can stay in the country or not.

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