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Behrouz Boochani Behrouz Boochani i(9688668 works by)
Gender: Male
Heritage: Kurdish
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Behrouz Boochani was a journalist, writer and human rights defender who in 2016, was incarcerated in Australia's Manus Island immigration detention center. He was one of the founders of a Kurdish language magazine, Werya.

Boochani won the Anna Politkovskaya investigative journalism award for his work documenting Australia’s offshore immigration detention program.

Boochani was officially granted refugee status by the New Zealand government on 23 July 2020, his 37th birthday and exactly seven years to the day after his arrival in Australia in 2013.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon No Friend but the Mountains : Writing From Manus Prison No Friend but the Mountains : The True Story of an Illegally Imprisoned Refugee Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 14342605 2018 selected work prose

'Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

'Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

'People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

'This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

'Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains? '  (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2019 longlisted Colin Roderick Award
2019 winner National Biography Award
2019 special award New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
2019 winner Mascara Avant-garde Awards Non-Fiction
2019 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2019 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Victorian Prize for Literature
2019 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction
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