No Friend but the Mountains: A Refugee Narrative

No Friend but the Mountains: A Refugee Narrative

As the worldwide refugee crisis worsens, it can be difficult for news-watchers to put a human voice to the millions of people who have been displaced from their homelands. However, the Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani has been making waves with his book No Friend but the Mountains which chronicles his tumultuous experience as an asylum seeker.   Image Via Newsroom.unsw.edu.au   The book document Boochani’s life after becoming incarcerated by Australian authorities in an attempt to seek refuge in the country. He was sent off to Christmas Island, about 2,000 miles off the north-west coast of Australia, and later on …

Detained Asylum Seeker Wins Australia’s Biggest Literary Prize, Remains Imprisoned

Detained Asylum Seeker Wins Australia’s Biggest Literary Prize, Remains Imprisoned

The winner of Australia’s most esteemed literary prize could not attend the ceremony. Today, Kurdish Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani won the Victorian Prize for Literature for his book, No Friend But the Mountains. Composed one text message at a time from an offshore detention center in Papua New Guinea, the novel has won a $25,000 and $100,000 prize in a country that denied this author refuge and continues to detain him.  One of Behrouz Boochani’s greatest achievements should highlight what many perceive as present-day Australia’s greatest shame.   IMAGE VIA SBS NEWS The experimental format of Boochani’s book was not an artistic …

‘No Friend But the Mountains’ Was Written by an Imprisoned Journalist Via WhatsApp

‘No Friend But the Mountains’ Was Written by an Imprisoned Journalist Via WhatsApp

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Escaping from Iran, a Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochan ended up in the refugee camp on Manus Island, where he had been illegally detained for five years. During these years without freedom, Boochan wrote down his thoughts, anxieties, and memories on his WhatsApp, which has now been compiled into a book.   Image via Crosslight   In 2013, there were a lot of Middle and South Asian refugees flooding into Australia, longing for political protection. The Australian government stated that those refugees who do not have appropriate documents of identification would be transferred to Manus Island, New Guinea, or Nauru.    Behrouz Boochan is one of …