Voice of Manus Island Refugees Now Free in New Zealand

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Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian refugee and journalist – a multiple award-winner for documenting life in Australia’s offshore detention system – has left Papua New Guinea and arrived in New Zealand.

In a tweet earlier this evening, the former refugee based in Manus for six years tweeted:

I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years. I have been invited by Word Festival in Christchurch and will participate in an event here. Thank you to all the friends who made this happen.

Shortly after leaving PNG, he told the Guardian when interviewed:

I will never go back to that place

I just want to be free of the system, of the process.

I just want to be somewhere where I am a person, not just a number, not just a label ‘refugee’

Over the six years while detained in Manus Island detention Centre, he gradually emerged as the voice of the refugees often detailing in his view the appalling conditions and treatment received from the guards.

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