No Friend But The Mountains

No Friend But The Mountains 4

Writing From Manus Prison

by Behrouz Boochani

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 08/03/2019

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Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?

'A chant, a cry from the heart, a lament, fuelled by a fierce urgency, written with the lyricism of a poet, the literary skills of a novelist, and the profound insights of an astute observer of human behaviour and the ruthless politics of a cruel and unjust imprisonment.' ARNOLD ZABLE

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Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani holds a Masters degree in political geography and geopolitics. He is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, writer and filmmaker, founder of the Kurdish language magazine Weya, an Honorary Member of PEN International.

In 2013, he fled Iran and became a political prisoner of the Australian Government incarcerated in the Manus Regional Processing Centre (Papua New Guinea).

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    An interesting book which conveys the sorry story of a Refugee. Worthy of note is the analysis of the prison system where the writer uses the French Philosopher Foucault's work to compare the systems. This approach was quite relevant and new. Academics could build on this theme, and decision makers should articulate from this viewpoint what is happening in these detention centers.

  • Compulsory reading for all Australians!

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    This book is a telling indictment of the inhumanity inflicted by our representatives in Parliament on the innocent victims of the wars in which they have involved us at the behest of the USA. The only "crime" these refugees have committed is to try to jump the queue and gain refuge in Australia, yet they are illegally imprisoned in privately-run (so the government can distance itself from the abuses take routinely take place) concentration camps with no air-conditioning, crowded conditions, limited food, unsanitary hygiene and toilet facilities, denied mental and physical stimulation and contact with the outside world, given inadequate medical care, subjected to beatings, and incarcerated for five or more years without any indication that their applications for refugee status are being processed at all, or what the future holds for them. And all this in the name of a country which is a signatory to the UN declarations on the rights of refugees. The chronicling of Boochani's experiences is riveting reading, told dispassionately, but it made this reader wonder if the intention of the Australian government is to turn people into terrorists by telling them "we will decide who enters our country" after devastating their country without asking their permission to go there.

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