The Big Exhale by Farhad Bandesh


The Big Exhale by Farhad Bandesh

I am a Kurdish artist.

I am a refugee imprisoned by the Australian Government on Manus Island for nearly six years. I have released a song and music video called The Big Exhale.

Hunted like a bird
Languish in a cage
Eyes full of tears
Holes in humanity

View on YouTube to see complete lyrics.

Also see the article here for more about the song and it’s singer:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jun/04/writing-for-his-life-manus-island-detainee-farhad-bandesh-releases-soaring-new-song

Also see a related story.

“How many more people must die on Manus before Australia ends indefinite detention?” by Behrouz Boochani

Refugees were counting down the days to the election. But our hopes have been dashed and the future is grim

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/03/how-many-more-people-must-die-on-manus-before-australia-ends-indefinite-detention

I have never seen the refugees on Manus so depressed. Even when Reza Barati was killed, when that innocent man was sacrificed … that time when the other refugees were bashed and beaten.

I swear, it has never been like this. Not even on Good Friday in 2017 when soldiers rained shots into the prison camp.

Even at the height of the violence and when confronted with death the refugees always maintained a sense of hope. However, the day after the election, everything sank into an abyss of darkness. The outcome of the last election extinguished the last glimmer of hope for freedom, it shut out any hope that remained after six years of purgatory. Overnight everything just slipped away.

8 thoughts on “The Big Exhale by Farhad Bandesh

  1. Thank you for sharing the article and the music. So many people in the English world have become so heartless. What was “the New Zealand offer? “

  2. New Zealand have offered to accept a number of refugees being held in the camps at Nauru and Manus Island. The offer has been open for a number of years – but the Australian government (the one that has just won another election) refuse to accept the offer, saying it is too easy for those refugees to later gain access to Australia from New Zealand, due to the current visa arrangements between the two nations.

    It is government policy that no refugee in those camps will never be allowed to settle in Australia.

  3. I suppose there’s no guarantee, but it seems to me that a person would want to stay in the country that welcomed him or her. So, if New Zealand accepted some people…

  4. Yes, and I’m not sure how interested they would be to settle in a country that has treated them so badly as Australia has treated them.

  5. It would be such a relief to get out of there. I could see that some people might be up to going on a trip with friends to visit Australia proper for a week or so [while others would have too many traumatic memories or feelings and fears even if they weren’t going back even to pass through the prison camp]. But, yes, it would be very unlikely they’d want to “settle” in Australia. Meanwhile, it probably would’ve been best to let them settle in Australia in the first place.

  6. Our government wants to be tough will “illegals” – to discourage the people smuggling trade, and to allegedly save lives at sea. In the past hundreds drowned while trying to get to Australia by boat. As a disincentive, the govt. decreed that no one arriving “illegally” by boat would ever settle in Australia. They did a deal with Papua New Guinea and Nauru to set up detention centers where anyone arriving by boat could be detained.
    However very little was done for many years to relocate them to other willing nations. NZ offered to take some but the offer was rejected.

    While the policy is allegedly meant to save lives by preventing the boats, the navy is used to turn boats back – so they haven’t been stopped, just stopped from arriving. What happens to them after they’ve been pushed away no one knows, so the death toll could be the same or worse.

    Hypocritically, illegal arrivals by plane (overstaying of visas etc) have no trouble with being allowed to stay – and the numbers coming by that method have increased far above the number that were arriving by sea.

    Meanwhile, those that had already arrived by boat are being left with no hope in external camps, where until recently (and it still may be the case) anyone working in the camps, including medical staff were forbidden by law, of revealing what they saw, witnessed and experienced.

  7. Just horrible. I was going to say it sounds like the attitude here (in the U.S.) now, until the ending (that people working in the camps have been forbidden to speak of what they see). And yet, since Trump has been in office, we are hearing more about NDAs (non disclosure agreements). That is not true to our form of government and the best of our heritage.

  8. There’s more about that forbidding to speak in my latest post – one of the linked articles within that post reveals that it was the Pentecostal PM, Scott Morrison who was responsible for it.

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