the confined hearts project

For the 172nd man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister

A drawing by  a detainee on Nauru .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

A drawing by a detainee on Nauru.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

On behalf of the 172nd man on manus island and all men, women and children in offshore detention listen to their confined hearts and end this illegal and immoral detention of refugees.

For the 170th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

Here is a note from the 170th man on Manus Island to the Australian people.

‘We are still suffering’: a hand written note from  a Sudanese detainee on Manus Island .   Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘We are still suffering’: a hand written note from a Sudanese detainee on Manus Island.
Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

Now that he has told us of the suffering on Manus Island how can we let it continue when it is our actions that cause his suffering?

For the 169th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

Here is another message to Australia from a detainee on Nauru.

A message/drawing by  a detainee on Nauru .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

A message/drawing by a detainee on Nauru.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

What is your hope, Prime Minister, for this person who is at our mercy?

For the 168th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the 168th man on Manus Island we have a responsibility to all the men we have detained there. Penny Ryan's collected responses from detainees on Manus and Nauru are yet another indictment of the dire, interminable suffering of these people at our hands.

‘We need your support’: a hand written note from  a detainee on Manus Island .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘We need your support’: a hand written note from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

End off shore detention and bring them here. 

For the 167th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

This is a message from the 167th man imprisoned on Manus Island by Australia:

‘Three years and three months is enough’: a handwritten note from  a detainee on Manus Island.   Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘Three years and three months is enough’: a handwritten note from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

End the illegal and immoral off shore detention regime and bring the asylum seekers to Australia.

For the 166th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

‘We came to Australia for seeking safety … We are not criminals’: a handwritten note from  a detainee on Manus Island .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘We came to Australia for seeking safety … We are not criminals’: a handwritten note from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

This is a message from the 166th man on Manus Island to the Australian people:

Hi Australians,
My name’s XXXX.
We came to Australia for seeking a safety. I want you to discover the truth by yourselves so we are not criminals. Do not listen to government. The politician used us as tools just they want to stay in power. We are human beings like you.
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/07/we-are-still-suffering-detainees-on-manus-and-nauru-speak-in-pictures#img-26

Prime Minister, stop masquerading as a caricature of a politician who uses people as tools to stay in power and start acting like a morally responsible human being. End offshore detention and bring them here.

For the 165th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister

On behalf of the 165th man on Manus Island and all the refugees on Nauru here is a plea to the Australian people from Nauru: 'Help us.'

‘Help us’: a hand-drawn note from  a detainee on Nauru .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘Help us’: a hand-drawn note from a detainee on Nauru.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

Bring them here.

For the 164th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister

‘We are human being’: a hand written note from  a detainee on Manus Island .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘We are human being’: a hand written note from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

On behalf of the 164th man on Manus island, here is a question for Australia via Penny Ryan's "The Confined Hearts Project":

Why is your government treating us like animals?
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/07/we-are-still-suffering-detainees-on-manus-and-nauru-speak-in-pictures#img-24

I echo this question. Why did we kill Faysal Ishak Ahmed? And why are the refugees on Manus Island being detained at all?

Bring them here.

For the 163rd man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

A weeping heart drawn by  a detainee on Nauru .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

A weeping heart drawn by a detainee on Nauru.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

On behalf of the 163rd man on Manus Island and all other prisoners of Australia on Manus and Nauru I enclose a drawing done for Penny Ryan's "The Confined Hearts Project" by a detainee on Nauru.

Their heart weeps because of our cruelty. Close the camps and bring them here.

For the 162nd man on Manus island

Dear Prime Minister,

‘I need my freedom’: a message from  a detainee on Manus Island .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘I need my freedom’: a message from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

On behalf of the 162nd man we continue to imprison and torture on Manus Island since July 2013, and all his fellow detainees, this is the message he wrote to Australia for Penny Ryan's 'The Confined Hearts Project':

I care about Aus just I need my freedom
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/07/we-are-still-suffering-detainees-on-manus-and-nauru-speak-in-pictures#img-22

For the 158th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the 158th man on Manus Island, a message comes via Penny Ryan's "The Confined Hearts Project":

In the world no human right its just pretend and fake thing until Manus center close down.
enough enough enough
Manus is hell.
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/07/we-are-still-suffering-detainees-on-manus-and-nauru-speak-in-pictures#img-18
‘Manus is hell’:  a message from a detainee on Manus Island .  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘Manus is hell’: a message from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

For all our sakes, listen. Free the prisoners from off shore detention and free the rest of us from this evil that we are inflicting on the most vulnerable.

For the 156th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

‘I don’t want to go to Australia’:  a message from a detainee on Manus Island .   Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Ryan

‘I don’t want to go to Australia’: a message from a detainee on Manus Island

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Ryan

I don’t want to go to Australia. Let me go to a third country.
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/07/we-are-still-suffering-detainees-on-manus-and-nauru-speak-in-pictures#img-16

Prime Minister, end the illegal and immoral off shore detention regime and free the refugees.

For the 154th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister

‘We are suffering every minutes of the day so we never give up’:  a message from a detainee  on Manus Island.  Photograph: David T Young/ Penny Young

‘We are suffering every minutes of the day so we never give up’: a message from a detainee on Manus Island.

Photograph: David T Young/Penny Young

Hi my name is XXX I’m from XXX. Right now I’m in Manus Island. We are suffering every minute of the day so we never give up until we get our freedom.
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/07/we-are-still-suffering-detainees-on-manus-and-nauru-speak-in-pictures#img-14