One of my reads for June


I have not read as many books this month.  I just don’t seem to have been in the mood for reading but one of the books I have read is here.  I had feelings of incredible anger while I read this book.

Offshore by Madeline Gleeson.

From the book jacket:

“What has happened on Manus and Nauru since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime for asylum seekers in 2012?

This essential book is uncompromising in its overview of the first three years of offshore processing.  It explains why offshore processing was re-established, what life is like for asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru, what asylum seekers, refugees and staff in the offshore detention centers have to say about what goes on there, and why the truth has been so hard to find.

Madeline Gleeson goes behind the rumour and allegations to reveal what is known and what remains unknown – about Australia’s off shore detention centres.”

This book is incredibly sad, it is about the Australian government’s  ill treatment of asylum seekers looking for a better life, away from war & violence.  I knew some of this, but not all of it and this book brings it all together based on thorough research.  This book is about our shameful treatment of fellow humans who seek basic shelter and a home where they are not living in fear.  We are breaking international law and receiving countless sanctions by the United Nations. 

The book will make you angry, sad and ashamed to be Australian. I recommend you read it.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lorna says:

    It makes me wonder if any country is immune from the ill treatment of refugees. It’s luck of the draw where you happen to be born and brought up, and surely the least the rich countries can do is offer compassionate assistance and a safe haven for those who need it most.

    1. suth2 says:

      The whole issue just makes me angry and sad. To be in a state where you have lost all hope of freedom is terrible.

      1. Lorna says:

        I agree. It’s hard to imagine how soul-destroying that must be.

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