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    Standing with you!

    Brilliant! Got to be a classic of prison writings-The writing found its way into and amongst my brain cells -all my cells in fact- if you will pardon the emphasis on cells in this context - hopefully the eventual key to his and his compatriots cells opening the doors to freedom. Thank you Behrouz! Congratulations and thanks to all involved in the translation ,production and publishing of Behrouz 's book. Apologies for Australia's shocking treatment of those who seek asylum. Apologies for our involvement in wars that led them to doing so. Solidarity with Behrouz and all of his fellow prisoners on Manus . Thank you!
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    Chilling exposé

    This book opened my eyes to the trauma of detention in an Australian-designed "Off-shore Processing Centre". It presents a chilling exposé of the techniques of legal torture, that all levels of authority paricipate in (hopefully, most people unwittingly because they don't have the intellectual capacity to imagine the impact of their compliance with orders). Boochani paints perfect pictures of the humiliation inmates endure as their humanity is ground down through total disempowerment and through experiential lessons on futility, degradation, dependency, worthlessness, meaninglessness and isolation. This book has such a powerful impact and brutally shoves the reader out of complacency. In a country like Australia, in good times, we average voters generally trust that our leaders mean well, even though they often get stuff wrong; but there is something quite sinister about these times..... What government officials have perpetuated and covered up in our Off-shore Detention Centres is shameful. Let them commit to transparency and respond to Boochani's exposé with humanity.
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