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So pleased to get a wait listed ticket for the launch of the important book by @BehrouzBoochani who refuses to be silenced. The translater Omid Tofighian is here at UNSW for the event.
This important and devastating book is a testimonial and witness bearing from a deeply engaged political thinker and poet. It defies all literary classifications, says the french translator.
Translator Omid Tofighian graciously thanks Janet Galbraith, to whom the book is dedicated as well as Moones Mansoubi. And then we hear the voice of @BehrouzBoochani also thanking his friends for help and also to Vic Simms who gave such a warm welcome to country.
For Moones Mansoubi it was a profoundly moving experience to work on this book. At first @BehrouzBoochani had 45 mins of internet every 3 days. Phone access has been very difficult. Recording and writing all of his pieces is via the phone.
This book isnt only about Manus and refugees but much more. Its about power, how it is exercised, about what happens when people are put in categories and forget the equality of humanity.
We now hear from Janet Galbraith, who is been to Manus. This book is multilayered, she says, and one of the themes is nature and homeland, the lands of and between Kurdistan, Manus and Australia.
Janet reminds us of Australia's colonial history on Manus, where bomb remnants from WWII are still evident, and now the prison industrial complex, its slow killing and systematic torture, which on Manus is on stolen land.
Now we hear from Behrouz. He is sitting in the dark. He wrote this book in a war zone. In the camp there was violence every day. It is a long journey to be heard. His work is not merely political, but is art and a piece or history. Behrouz is an artist, not a victim.
Refugees are writers. They are good writers. They have a voice. Saying they don't is a form of colonialism. There are doctors, poets, writers, many skills and backgrounds. Don't see refugees as angels or evil, but as human beings.
Human rights defenders think of refugees as angels, racists see refugees as criminals. In this book, refugees are human beings doing right and wrong things. Please read this book as a piece of art, Behrouz concludes.
"They've tried to imprison me but im free. The system tries to torture, and the torture survivor responds and challenges. Escape is human." Thank you @BehrouzBoochani
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