Guantanamo 7c - Nature and the prison


Nature and the prison

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


‘We all faced on direction: toward the sea. It felt like a little freedom, to look at it…the sea means freedom no one can control or own, freedom for everyone.’

Mansoor Adayfi,  detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years

‘The sky is like a friend for a prisoner, because around you everything is metal fences, but the sky, they cannot take the sky.’

Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus for 4+ years [imagecaption] Behrouz Boochani has written on the pristine ecology of Manus, the power of nature and the beautiful glimpses of freedom that it has offered the prisoners on Manus. 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. [/imagecaption]

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.


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