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Perpetual Insecurity 11a - Serial Deaths

Deathscapes

Serial Deaths: detention and the community

Detail of Khodayar's final statement written on paper.

[imagecaption] ‘Final Statement’, 2015-ongoing. Photo: Stephen Clendinnen. See more of Stephen’s work. [/imagecaption]

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‘Immigration killed my best friends Raza and Nasim why?’

Khodayar Amini


Khodayar Amini repeatedly referred to the deaths of his friends, Raza and Nasim, as being intrinsically connected to his own. After hearing the news of the death of Mohammad Nasim Najafi, his former room mate, at the Yongah Hill Detention Centre he became increasingly anxious, confused and frustrated. In his final message he referred also to the death of Ahmad Ali Jaffari who had died in Villawood in 2013. He unreservedly attributed responsibility for the deaths of his friends to the Immigration Department. Deaths in custody not only affect people held in those institutions, their reverberations reach out into communities, especially in instances where it is well understood that justice will not be done for the dead through institutional processes such as inquests. In his final days, Khodayar clearly recognised that he was enmeshed in and vulnerable to the same system that killed Raza and Nasim, as it had so many others.


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