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‘This is how they drive you mad’: refugee turns anguish into art

Morning walk, mid-May. Fairfield parklands, down by the river

I walk the paths I know so well and call Farhad Bandesh.

He is detained in MITA, the immigration transit centre in Broadmeadows, where he was recently moved from the Mantra Hotel in Bell Street, Preston.

From one prison to another. It will be seven years in July since Bandesh was exiled to Manus Island, and it is now 10 months since he was evacuated to Melbourne for medical treatment, suffering physical and…

I first visited him in the Mantra five months ago. Due to COVID-19, visits are no longer possible, but…

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