'All the Same' / 'The Birds'


‘We have been left in political limbo for four years now. The conditions are hellish and how they treat us is deplorable. I hope people who are listening to my song will understand our desperation, frustration and fear.’

Kurdish refugee Mostafa ‘Moz’ Azimitabar, 2017

Moz wrote All the Same to bring attention to the plight of himself and other refugees. He dedicated the song to all those who have lost their lives on Manus Island and especially to his friend and fellow musician Hamed, who was found dead in Lorengau in August 2017. Moz and Hamed would often play guitar together. Moz’s vocals and the video footage were recorded on a mobile phone in the camp and sent to artists in Australia who collaborated on the production. More information about the song is available here.

‘The Birds is about separation from family and those who care about us together with a longing for the freedom to reconnect with those we love.
Those of us on Manus remain trapped while birds are free to flee and cross borders in safety.’

Kurdish refugee Mostafa ‘Moz’ Azimitabar, 2018

The Birds is a collaboration between Moz and New Zealand based musician, Ruth Mundy. The song was released just days before the 5 year anniversary of the 19 July 2013 policy which has left hundreds of people, including Moz, indefinitely incarcerated in exile on PNG and Nauru.


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