Behrouz Boochani
is a writer, journalist, associate professor at UNSW and refugee on Manus Island.

By this author


Opinion August 11, 2018

Manus prison theory

“The soul of Manus prison and the system that created and governs Manus prison is in the process of replicating itself throughout Australian society, reproducing itself in unlimited numbers. This is the merciless system that takes humans as captives and …”

Life June 16, 2018

Manus Island poem

Detained on Manus Island for five years, journalist Behrouz Boochani has recorded the experience in film, essays and poetry.

Opinion March 03, 2018

Policy of exile

“Anti-Australian sentiment grows among Manusians, as they believe Australia exploits their tiny island with a colonial mentality that never retreated. People in the forest villages beside Hillside and West Haus are kind towards refugees, but they have …”

News December 09, 2017

A letter from Manus Island

After four years of detention on Manus Island, the author writes a poet’s manifesto for the refugee resistance in which he has found himself to be a central figure.

News July 29, 2017

Rising tension on Manus Island

As the Manus Island detention centre is closed, refugees are under mounting pressure to resettle in an area of PNG where they are unsafe and unwanted.

Life May 06, 2017

An island off Manus

On a tiny island off the coast of Manus, a local family offers asylum seekers kindness and some respite from their ordeal.

Opinion May 28, 2016

Damned lies, News Corp and Manus Island refugees

“We are the victims of this policy; and for three years, we have been taken as hostages in an official and exiled approach.”

News April 16, 2016

Manus Island’s appalling health care record

Manus Island claims to have a properly equipped hospital, but for detainees requiring more than just a painkiller, the facilities are grossly inadequate.

Opinion February 27, 2016

Life on Manus: island of the damned

“Everyone, in his mind, traces a course of the history of the hellish life on this island, from before the riot in February, a period prisoners call ‘The Great Famine’, to the murder of Reza Barati.”