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They Cannot Take the Sky : Stories from detention - Michael Green

They Cannot Take the Sky

Stories from detention

By: Michael Green (Editor), Angelica Neville (Editor), Andrea Dao (Editor), Dana Affleck (Editor), Sienna Merope (Editor)


Published: 15th March 2017
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Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

For more than two decades, Australia has locked up people who arrive here fleeing persecution - sometimes briefly, sometimes for years. In They Cannot Take the Sky those people tell their stories, in their own words. Speaking from inside immigration detention on Manus Island and Nauru, or from within the Australian community after their release, the narrators reveal not only their extraordinary journeys and their daily struggles but also their meditations on love, death, hope and injustice. Their candid testimonies are at times shocking and hilarious, surprising and devastating. They are witnesses from the edge of human experience.

The first-person narratives in They Cannot Take the Sky range from epic life stories to heartbreaking vignettes. The narrators who have shared their stories have done so despite the culture of silence surrounding immigration detention, and the real risks faced by those who speak out. Once you have heard their voices, you will never forget them.

About the Author

Behind the Wire is an award-winning oral history organisation. It works with men, women and children who have sought asylum in our community and who have experienced mandatory immigration detention in Australia, Papua New Guinea or Nauru. Its projects include a book, audio book, podcast, museum exhibition, listening parties, and photographic portraits.



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Must Reading for all Australians but deeply disturbing


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    This is a confronting read, revealing the real people and their intense suffering behind the political speak "illegal asylum seekers" and similar dehumanizing language.

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    ISBN: 9781760292805
    ISBN-10: 176029280X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 336
    Published: 15th March 2017
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3