What were you like when you were 10 years old?
Were you mud-sliding with your friends? Riding bikes, discovering boys, and playing netball? Were you going to sleepovers where there was little sleep at all?
This is a story about another 10-year-old girl who couldn’t sleep, either.
Who couldn’t eat.
Who couldn’t get out of bed.
And whose only correspondence with her mother was a note bearing the words no mother should ever have to read:
“I want to die.”
Listen to her remarkable story, here:
When Maurice Blackburn human rights lawyer Katie Robertson went to Christmas Island for work, her mission was to remove any children from detention, and to stop any more Australian-born babies from ever seeing the inside of the walls there.
Nothing could have prepared her for the sadness and desperation she witnessed. But in the end, as she details on the Fighting For Fair podcast, it was the tiny, everyday moments that would be her undoing.
It was a small moment while interviewing a young father for a legal claim. His daughter was sick, his wife had tried to end her life by drinking cleaning fluid, and Ms Robertson asked if he had any more questions.