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A ‘Terror Strategy’: no end for survivors

[imagecaption] The Associated Press, ‘Freed Iranian cartoonist illustrates suffering of Australian Detention Camp’, Vimeo, 2018. Award winning cartoonist Eaten Fish managed to get out of Manus island via an ICORN artist residency in Norway. Through Canada’s private community sponsorship program, Iranian Amir Taghinia who often spoke out on behalf of the men in the Manus prison, has found refuge in Vancouver. He has continued to advocate on behalf of his friends who remain on Manus. Iranian refugee, Reza Mohammad Nezhad, Rohingya Refugee, Mamudul Hasson, and Pakistani refugees Shafiq and Rafiullah have spoken about their long and hard journey to resettlement in the U.S. Only about 200 people have been resettled in the US so far. There were almost 2000 people on Manus and Nauru before resettlement started therefore even if the US resettles the full 1250 refugees stipulated in the agreement, there will be people left behind.  [/imagecaption]


‘I can’t see myself free…Inside me, I’m still in prison’ 

Eaten Fish

Australia’s ‘terror strategy’ of indefinite detention and ‘deterrence’ produces lasting effects on survivors, such that those ‘who may have escaped the massacre [remain] haunted by the shadow of death…Terror thus becomes a communicative strategy that aims beyond the killings themselves to send a message to the survivors.’ (Oslender, 2007: 120-121) What will happen to those who don’t make it to the United States remains unclear. For those who have escaped, their ability to feel free remains contingent on the freedom of their friends.

‘The Manus pain will be always in our bodies. It will be there always until we die. But one day, if I am free, this experience will teach me everything.’

Ezatullah Kakar



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