Abdul Aziz Muhamat

On behalf of the 570th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

How does locking up the poet and humanitarian Abdul Aziz Muhamat make Australia safer?

Is been five years
All we need is reality
When and where ?

Reality
Is dark and gloomy
But I see so much light

Reality
Is negative and bad
But I see so much goodness

Reality
Is falsehood and deceit
But I see so much honesty

Reality
is ugly and hideous
But I see so much beauty

Reality may be changing slowly
Please try to see
Take a look together with me
— https://www.facebook.com/abdulaziz.adam.965/posts/2014620278803207

Bring all refugees and asylum seekers from Manus and Nauru to safety and freedom now.

End offshore detention #327

Dear Prime Minister,

Congratulations to Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a refugee on Manus Island, and the team* behind The Messenger podcast, for winning the prestigious 2017 International Radio Program award and two gold medals in New York last week. He is another of the articulate, educated people we lock away indefinitely in offshore detention who has found a creative way to be

"a powerful advocate for those held in the arcane world of Australia’s offshore detention. He is a messenger, and his story is compelling."

Australia's crimes cannot be hidden, Prime Minister. Close the camps and bring them here.

* The Guardian, The Wheeler Centre, Behind the Wire

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth

Dear Prime Minister,

Listen to Aziz.

We protest, on Palm Sunday and every day, until the offshore detention centres are closed and the asylum seekers held there, and all the asylum seekers in Australia who are still in limbo, have been settled and compensated. Close the camps and bring them here.

End offshore detention #228

Dear Prime Minister,

This is Episode 5 of "The Messenger", a podcast featuring Abdul Aziz Muhamat from Manus Island.

In this episode, from the 30 minute mark, is the voice of Greg Lake, former Director of Offshore Processing describing how his role changed in 2013 from providing care and support to asylum seekers to inflicting as much inhumanity and mistreatment on them as possible.

I was instructed to … select the children on the basis of how young they looked – because we wanted to send the message to people smuggling networks that even the youngest children were eligible for transfer to the island.
— Greg Lake, former Director of Offshore Processing

Abdul tells why he got on a boat in Indonesia for a second time after the first one sank and he saw five friends drown. Both these men's accounts show clearly why the simplistic rhetoric of "saving lives at sea, and securing our borders" is meaningless.

Close the camps and bring them here.