Abdul Aziz Muhamat
Abdul Aziz Muhamat is a 24-year-old man from Darfur, Sudan. He is from the Zaghawa ethnicity, and with his family, he fled his village to a refugee camp. He arrived in Australia by boat in 2013 and was taken to Manus Island, where he remains.
In his time on Manus Island, he has been a community leader for the Sudanese detainees. He participated in a hunger strike and was taken to the Lorengau jail, where he was held without charge. He has helped to organise other detainees’ participation in legal challenges to their ongoing detention, through both the Australian and Papua New Guinean courts.
He has also spoken out about the conditions in the centre with CNN, Al Jazeera, and the Guardian, amongst others. He’s a keen runner and soccer player and dreams of studying at university one day. He is a Muslim and has now passed Ramadan three times on Manus Island, away from his family, whom he misses deeply.