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Acting Area Librarian Leeanne Goodwin centre, with President of Ballina Region for Refugees, Ruth Henderson, and Vice-President, Stanley Yeo.

Currently enjoying life as a ‘free man’ in New Zealand, Behrouz Boochani’s book No Friend but the Mountains is a very real reminder that men are living and dying in detention on Manus Island.

Ten copies of the book have been donated to the Richmond-Tweed Library by the Ballina Region for Refugees group.

The donated books will be lent to the library’s Book Clubs as a set.

The aim of the gift is to raise awareness of the extreme hardships endured by people who were sent to offshore detention centres after seeking asylum in Australia.

No Friend but the Mountains tells the story of Manus Island detainees over a period of nearly six years, and the system that led to the deaths of twelve people and crushed the spirits of many more.

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  1. There are no detainees left on Manus Island.”men are living and dying in detention on Manus Island”
    Lets stick to the facts please.

  2. Craig is correct. Most of the Manus refugees have now been resettled, something our government chooses, absurdly, to hide. But there are still some 50 or so held in Port Moresby. Their future is indeed uncertain, and suicides continue.

  3. Yes lets stick to the facts… Boochani is right as he was solely speaking (from personal experience) as he was detained for many years on MANUS. His experiences , which I have heard him speak about vis video link/ph and secretly documented daily text messages explains clearly & touchingly about the trauma & suffering people endured over years & years. Then this cruel & authoritarian Govt removed the power from doctors to decide on MEDICAL issues impacting upon these refugees. So yes lets stick to the facts , there is no law internationally against seeking asylum . If individuals are worthy of consideration & are not violent or have a terrorist connection then they should be processed with efficiency & fairness. Boochani is an amazing/resilient & decent human being….PRAISE the Goddess for New Zealand PM Jacinta.

    • Yes stick to the facts !! Could anyone please
      Inform of any better conditions anywhere in the world than what they have on manus or
      Christmas island ? In 2007 there were 4 people
      In detention centers when labor took office .the boats had stopped, when labor were turfed out
      In 2013 there were 10.000 in detention centers
      On bridging visas . At least 1200 men , women
      And children had drowned trying to get to Australia
      Our worst maritime disaster in history !! Any apologies from labor and the Greens for open
      Borders on the high seas ? Not a chance ..this mess
      Has had to be absorbed by the taxpayer’s
      To the tune of about 14 billion , how far could those
      Funds have gone to help our own citizen refugees
      The homeless ? .. what a disgrace!! . So when the next
      Time anyone is happy to rubbish the government
      Think again .they are only doing there job
      As is the expectations of the taxpayer’s to do all due
      Diligence when processing these people . Its not ideal and do feel for the displacement of
      People from persecution.! . so yes stick with the facts ..call labor or the Greens and vent your
      Thoughts ! As i have done on numerous occasions.
      And boochani’s all the best for the future !!

  4. Extreme hardship on Manus ? , well compared to
    The 100.000 or more Homeless men , Australia’s
    Refugees! that seem to be completely forgotten .
    Many homeless i talked to could only dream
    Of the privilege’s they have on Manus !
    3 meals a day , roof over head , good bedding,
    Warm blankets, widescreen tv, computers ,
    Gym facilities, access to doctors, dentists,
    And you talk of people passing on Manus
    Well mate people die unfortunately and many
    Of Australia’s Refugees the homeless pass
    Everyday .. however yes clear those still left
    Manus! we do have a charter to do our bit
    For the millions of refugees worldwide and we do.

  5. These refugees are made to suffer for purely political purposes. John Howard discovered he could win elections by exploiting fear and racism. For two decades politicians have inflicted this terrible treatment on those who are escaping from despots we went to war over and spent billions destroying countries in the process. Wonderful outcome.

    After WW11 Australia took in millions of refugees. They didn’t drown at sea as we paid their fare on cruise ships. We certainly didn’t spend billions locking them up on hellhole islands with little health care. They worked hard and helped make this country the wonderful place it is-or was- until people elected despotic racists to run/destroy the joint!

  6. Yes they sure did make a wonderful contribution
    To Australia after the second world war louise !!
    And my dad was one of those very people.
    17 years old no english , no more , no expectations.
    And no Government hand outs !!!!!! And they sure
    Did work hard louise , my father cut cane by hand
    For years in horrendous conditions
    Just to get by louise ..now do you think those
    Refugees coming of Manus or Christmas would
    Do the same ?


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