Iranian refugee who was forced by Australian immigration to stay on far flung Manus Island wins prestigious literary prize

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‘A victory for humanity’: Behrouz Boochani’s literary prize speech in full – video

Source: The Guardian

 

Behrooz Boochani at the Australian internment camp on the far flung Manus Island, for refugees

Asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani has accepted the $125,000 Victorian premier’s literary prize via video link from Manus Island where he has been held for six years. ‘I would like to say that this award is a victory. It is a victory not only for us but for literature and art and above all it is victory for humanity,’ the writer said. ‘It is a victory against the system that has reduced us to numbers. This is a beautiful moment. Let us all rejoice tonight in the power of literature’

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