Asylum Seekers: Back to the Future…

De-mothballing the detention centre at Manus Island heralds a revisit to some of the darker aspects of Australia’s recent history on refugee policy.

In the foreseeable future, our government’s intransigent insistence on off-shore processing of asylum seeker assessment will polarise the Australian population even further as we discuss “them”. The genius of off-shore processing keeps us from encountering the individual human stories of despair and hope. Community based assessment was apparently “too successful” in integrating asylum seekers.

Here’s one story, evoked by the last refugee who languished alone at Manus Island for 10 months. Eventually, that which is hidden emerges.

Horror on Manus Island: the story of Aladdin Sisalem.

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

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