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:
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“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
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.