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Nature against the Prison

A view from the former Manus RPC at Lombrum. Looking through the fence toward the trees and ocean.

[imagecaption] Manus Island prison. Photo: Farhad Bandesh. [/imagecaption]

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‘I have a theory based on the idea that had the ecology of Manus not been so pristine, if it had not been so pure, perhaps all of us incarcerated here would have succumbed to the torture by now … we would have broken under the regime of torture and died.’

Behrouz Boochani


The northern fences of the Mike, Foxtrot and Delta compounds of the former Manus prison framed a view of the ocean. The tropical surrounds and idyllic views served as a reminder of freedom and world of beauty beyond the fences, that for years remained completely inaccessible. The geography and ecology of both Manus and Nauru contribute to how the prison environments function while also resisting it. Appropriately, the name ‘Lombrum‘ (where the former Manus prison was sited) in local language, refers to the bottom of a canoe where prisoners are kept.


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