Mehdi Ali

is a refugee from Ahwaz, Iran, who spent nine years in immigration detention in Australia. He now lives in the US.

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Life January 22, 2022

The sky of this cage

To the refugees detained in Carlton’s Park Hotel, the arrival of Novak Djokovic felt like a miracle – if only the attention he brought would continue now he’s gone.

Comment January 08, 2022

‘I grew up in this cage’: Life inside the Park Hotel

“The darkest months in detention are always December and January. In these months, from the windows of our rooms at the Park Hotel, we see people celebrating with their loved ones another year that we’re away from ours. ”