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The Undesirables

The Undesirables 2

Inside Nauru

by Mark Isaacs
Publication Date: 17/03/2014
4/5 Rating 2 Reviews
Mark Isaacs takes us behind the gates of Nauru and provides a shocking, and often touching, eyewitness account of the treatment of men at Australia's offshore asylum-seeker processing centre. On Friday 19th July 2013, it was reported in the Australian med
Refugees & political asylum
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Mark Isaacs

Mark Isaacs is a writer, an author, a researcher and a community worker. His first book, The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), is an account of his work with asylum seekers in Nauru, one of Australia's notorious offshore detention centres. His second book, Nauru Burning (Editia, 2016), follows up The Undesirables with an investigative report on human rights abuses on Nauru.

In 2017, Mark conducted an investigation into deportations to Afghanistan with the Edmund Rice Centre. The published report is called "Responsibility to Protect" and is available online for free download. Mark is currently writing another book for Hardie Grant about a community of peace activists in Afghanistan which will be published in May 2019. He is also studying a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Technology, Sydney.

His research will focus on human migration in the Asia-Pacific region. Mark is president of Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers which defends freedom of expression and campaigns on behalf of writers who have been silenced by persecution or imprisonment. Mark works as a community worker, while he writes as a freelancer.

He has published articles with The Guardian, Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, Sydney Morning Herald, Huffington Post, VICE, New Internationalist, Mamamia, New Matilda, The Griffith Review, Pacific Standard, Overland, Conscious Magazine, The Vocal, Right Now and Roads and Kingdoms.

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  • A fascinating insight

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    A great read! This book is what Australia needs right now; an unbiased insight into the situation on the ground over in Nauru that humanises the situation!

    To touch on a previous review by DAVID D. If you're looking for a solution to an issue that the government has been struggling to deal with for decades, then I don't think one offered up in a book by a 26 year old, untrained Salvation Army employee with no experience in foreign affairs is really what you would be after anyway and I think the fact that he kept it unbiased and didn't get bogged down in the politics is the reason it is a great and important read.

  • Worth a Read!

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    Mark Issacs Book is extremely well written, and rather an enthralling, yet sad tale of life on Nauru. However The Undesirables fails to come up with a solution to the asylum seeker problem. Certainly worth a read!