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News September 07, 2019
The truth about self-harm in offshore detention
Peter Dutton’s claims that medevac laws have resulted in a dramatic increase in self-harm on Manus and Nauru only highlight the government’s insensitivity and ignorance when dealing with asylum seekers.
Life November 24, 2018
This human being
In a recent profile in The Saturday Paper, photographer Hoda Afshar spoke about her collaboration with journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is on Manus Island. Here, he describes the creation of an image that stands on the threshold of civilisation and barbarism.
News April 27, 2019
Medivac missteps rack sick refugees
Refugees on Manus and Nauru were given hope by the passing of the medivac bill, but the reality is just another layer of bureaucracy added to their lives.
News September 29, 2018
Five years in Manus purgatory
The passing of the fifth anniversary of offshore detention on Manus has seen those incarcerated on the island sink further into mental despair and physical surrender.
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.