Behrouz Boochani is an Iranian journalist, author and poet of Kurdish origin in Iran in 2013 fled. He was on the sea, intercepted by the Australian authorities and wrote a book from the detention centre on Manus. Now he receives the most important literary prize in Australia.
Boochani wrote No friend but the mountains on their phone, written and via Whatsapp or Messenger in fragments to the outside smuggled. This summer, the work was coming out in Australia.
His book is Boochani a major voice in the Australian debate about the fate of the boat people. From Manus he even lectures at universities, if the internet connection allows. He won the Victorian Prize for Literature, a prize of 100,000 Australian dollar is worth (63.149 euro). In addition, he also won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in the non fiction category, good for 25,000 Australian dollars (15.787 euro).
But that money does not change the political situation of the man. He was, as a refugee recognised by Papua New Guinea, he allowed the island still does not leave. To the BBC he says that the price him a ‘paradoxical’ feeling’. “I’m on one hand happy that we get all the attention, on the other hand, I don’t feel that I have something to celebrate because a lot of my friends here still refrain. We want to of this island and a new life to start, ” says Boochani.
In his book compares Boochani the detention system on Manus, an island of Papua New Guinea, with ‘kyriarchy’, a term from feminism, which means as much a social system based on dominance and oppression. Papua New Guinea is, according to Boochani on paper only, independent of Australia, and the government allowed the refugees to the island not off. “They have us here and dumped us to our fate,” says Boochani. He fled in 2013 for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps. He tried with a boat for Australia to achieve, but it was on the sea, intercepted by Australia to the island of Manus (Papua New Guinea). First, he was locked up in a detention facility, but that was closed. Since the end of 2017 he resides in East Lorengau, a open camp a few kilometres away. “After five years I still don’t know when I can leave. It has been enough. Let us go’, asks Boochani.