While the climate crisis and the spread of the pandemic have – in some respects – heightened our sense of the truly international nature of the challenges we face, the human consequences of global instability are too often overlooked and the horrors faced by displaced people around the world both taken for granted and invisible. Zoe Holman (Where the Water Ends), Behrouz Boochani (No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison) appearing live via video link, Adama Kamara from the Refugee Council of Australia, and human rights advocate Zaki Haidari talk with The Guardian’s Ben Doherty about the ongoing refugee crisis, here and abroad, and why we must not allow the conversation to disappear from view.
Zoe Holman (Australian)
Zoe Holman is a journalist and writer whose reporting, essays and poetry have appeared in outlets including The Guardian, The Economist, London Review of Books, The Sydney Morning Herald and VICE. Zoe’s work investigates human and political subjects relating to migration and borders, foreign policy and social and environmental justice. Zoe was raised on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne and has since lived and worked in England, Lebanon, Syria, Cambodia, Palestine and Europe. She is the author of Where the Water Ends: Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe.
Zaki Haidari (Australian)
Zaki Haidari is a 2020 Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Hero, an Ambassador for the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), and works at the Jesuit Refugee Service as an Employment Support Worker, assisting people seeking asylum and refugees to find work. Zaki fled Afghanistan aged 17, after his father was ‘disappeared’ by the Taliban and they murdered his brother. His mum and six siblings are still living in fear in Afghanistan. Zaki is a highly respected community leader and advocate.
Adama Kamara (Australian)
Adama Kamara is the newly appointed Deputy CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) – the national peak body for people seeking asylum, refugees, and the organisations and individuals who support them. Adama has 15 years’ experience in refugee services, health and local government, as well as personal and family experience of seeking asylum and supporting newly arrived refugees from her home country of Sierra Leone. She has a passion for community-led initiatives and is an advocate for meaningful participation. Adama has led co-design projects with young people, people seeking asylum, refugees, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and service providers.
Behrouz Boochani (International)
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist and filmmaker. His memoir No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison was written in secrecy while he was being held in the Manus Island Detention Centre from 2013 to 2019 and has garnered a myriad of literary awards. It was translated by Omid Tofighian.
Ben Doherty (Australian)
Ben Doherty is a foreign affairs correspondent for The Guardian and has spent a decade reporting across the Asia-Pacific, including postings in South-East Asia and South Asia. He is a three-time winner of a Walkey Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, and has also won three United Nations Association Media Peace Prizes. Ben holds master’s degrees in international law and international relations from the University of Oxford and the University of NSW. He is the author of a novel, Nagaland, a love story for modern India.