Girl, 11, killed by pack of stray dogs on Nauru beach

Ruth Doherty

An 11-year-old girl has been killed by by a pack of stray dogs who attacked her on a Nauru beach in the South Pacific.

The girl died from her injuries after the attack last week, reports the Guardian.

Joanna Olsson, director of the Nauru government information office, confirmed to Guardian Australia that the death occurred in the Yaren district of the island.

The incident has raised concerns about the safety of 190 asylum seeker children currently detained in Nauru.

According to New Matilda, Salvation Army documents from 2012 reveal chaos at the Nauru detention centre, reporting dog attacks among other problems including poor medical supplies.

Leaked documents even reveal staff were told to carry sticks to defend themselves against stray dogs.

In this case, the girl was found on the beach by her father.

Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the South Pacific.

Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 186 miles to the east.

With 9,378 residents in an 8.1 sq mile area, Nauru is the smallest nation in the South Pacific and second smallest nation by population on the planet, behind only the Vatican City.

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