‘Hard to imagine. Start your life again. Have your own house, your own family.’
– Abdul Aziz Muhamat
Incredibly, Aziz is in Switzerland. And he’s just won a major international award for human rights defenders.
He’s swamped with attention and adoration, briefings and business cards. But he is only allowed to be in Geneva for three short weeks. Then he has to return to Manus Island – back to the dangerous situation he’s being celebrated for campaigning against.
In this episode, we follow Aziz as he negotiates meetings with diplomats and speeches to the UN. He struggles with an unexpected, oppressive dilemma – should he board a plane back to his brothers on Manus, or seek yet another uncertain path to safety and freedom?
A transcript of this episode is available here (PDF format).
- ‘Aziz: A Stranger in Geneva’, produced by Michael Green for Earshot, ABC Radio National (first broadcast 28 September 2019)
- ‘Flight from Manus’ by Michael Green, ABC Radio National, 1 October 2019
In this episode
Abdul Aziz Muhamat
- Michael Green
- Peggy Hicks
- Michael Khambatta
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode was produced by Hour House (Mark Leacy and Sam Kenna), except for ‘I am the Changer’, by Cotton Jones.
The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. This episode was originally commissioned and produced for the ABC Radio National programme, Earshot. It was produced by Michael Green. The supervising producer was Lyn Gallacher. The sound engineer was Melissa May.
Narration by Michael Green. Additional editing and mixing by Jon Tjhia.
André Dao, Jon Tjhia, Hannah Reich, Bec Fary and Sophie Black. Also Camilla Chapman, Cecilia Cannon and Sean Cole, and Behind the Wire’s many participants and volunteers.