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The Messenger

What I Can See Right Now  /  Migration

It's raining on Michael's last afternoon on Manus Island, and Aziz drops by to catch up. They discuss where things are at with Aziz and the other men, and what he expects will happen next. Then, it's time to say farewell.

This episode will be the last of our short updates – but we'll return soon with another full episode, unpacking what Michael found when he visited Manus Island.

'If I can predict, the only thing that's gonna happen is we will be just forgotten in this island.'

Abdul Aziz Muhamat

Abdul Aziz Muhamat in Lorengau, Manus Island — Photo: Michael Green

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Abdul Aziz Muhamat

Michael Green

Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes 'Please Gamelan Again' by Colleen, and 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' by Tomoki Kanda.

Further reading

'Second cohort of Nauru and Manus refugees to be resettled in US', by Ben Doherty, Guardian Australia, accessed 16 December 2017

'A Letter from Manus Island', by Behrouz Boochani, Saturday Paper, accessed 10 December 2017

More information

The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. It’s produced by Michael Green, André Dao, Hannah Reich and Bec Fary, with Jon Tjhia and Sophie Black at the Wheeler Centre.

This short update was edited and mixed by Jon Tjhia.

Thank you

Dana Affleck, Angelica Neville and Sienna Merope. Also to Behind the Wire’s many participants and volunteers. Behind the Wire is supported by the Bertha Foundation.

 
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The Messenger

We Are Looking After Each Other  /  Migration

Rain comes. In his voice messages, Aziz sounds unwell – but speaks at length about how, in spite of their living conditions, the men finally feel they have some control over their lives. He tells Michael about how they're cooperating with each other, too – splitting duties like security and the daily cleaning of the compound.

'We don't always want to get the attention of the people about the hardship,' he explains. 'We are just paying the price for our freedom.'

'We are managing our lives. You know, it's been 21 days now, three weeks … it's become normal for us.'

Abdul Aziz Muhamat

Photo: Manus Alert

In this update

Abdul Aziz Muhamat

Michael Green

Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin.

Further reading

'The situation is critical’: cholera fears on Manus as water and medicine run out', by Ben Doherty, Guardian Australia, accessed 21 November 2017

'Refugees Trapped Far from Home, Farther from Deliverance', by Damien Cave, New York Times, accessed 21 November 2017

More information

The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. It’s produced by Michael Green, André Dao, Hannah Reich and Bec Fary, with Jon Tjhia and Sophie Black at the Wheeler Centre.

This short update was edited and mixed by Jon Tjhia.

Thank you

Dana Affleck, Angelica Neville and Sienna Merope. Also to Behind the Wire’s many participants and volunteers. Behind the Wire is supported by the Bertha Foundation.

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Portrait of George Dunford

George Dunford  /  Travel
http://www.georgedunford.com/

He’s since created stories about comics for Australian Bookseller & Publisher, Meanjin and Radio National’s The Book Show. As a Melbourne-based freelance writer he’s written for Lonely Planet, the Big Issue and the Age Good Food Guide*. His novel manuscript was recently longlisted for the CAL/Scribe Prize. Recently he created an iPhone app, Essential Melbourne.

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