Iranian-born Kurd Behrouz Boochani with a local on Manus Island. Pictures: Jonas Gratzer

The human cost of Australia’s offshore detention centres, where freedom does not equal opportunity

Australia has long exiled asylum seekers on the remote island of Manus. Now ‘free’, the men suffer violence, depression and isolation. If not for whistle-blowers like Behrouz Boochani, their plight might never have been known

Topic |   Asylum seekers in Asia

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Iranian-born Kurd Behrouz Boochani with a local on Manus Island. Pictures: Jonas Gratzer
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Per Liljas

Per Liljas

Per Liljas has been writing about Africa, Latin America and the United States, but for most of the past decade he has been covering South and Southeast Asia. Between 2013 and 2016 he loved calling Hong Kong home, while working mainly for Time Magazine. Now in Auckland, he keeps travelling back. For stories, of course, but also for the buzz, for friends, and all the delicious food that sets this part of the world apart from everywhere else.