In February I was unexpectedly contacted by one of my many long-standing crime research contacts. He explained that he is currently stationed at Manus Island, and that the information being made public about the violence that took place there was not correct. He explained that he was one of those who worked on the now deceased Mr Reza Barati, 23, trying to save his life.
Inhumane conditions, self-harming and mismanagement… we’ve heard the claims about life inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres.
Now Dateline has the evidence of what’s really going on there.
Images obtained by author Tara Moss, from contacts on Manus Island, show the aftermath of unrest which left one man – Reza Barati – dead. Moss blogs about more details on the photographs and other events on Manus…
The ABC has obtained audio recordings made inside the Manus Island detention centre before and after the deadly violence last month.
The recordings suggest protests in the days leading up to the riot were noisy but non-violent.
They also give new accounts of gunfire and tell of ongoing fears of further attacks.
The audio was provided to the ABC by crime writer and UNICEF ambassador Tara Moss, who has been posting information online from sources on Manus Island.
The ‘There Are No Sexual Ethics’ panel at the Sydney Opera House 2013 features author and presenter Tara Moss, sex columnist Dan Savage, Sydney Morning Herald young novelist of the year Emily Maguire, and Christos Tsiolkas, the award-winning Australian author of The Slap and Barracuda. Moderated by the ABC’s Natasha Mitchell.
Conversations about literature are too often haunted by nostalgia. The digital age is not the end of literature. It is only change, and I welcome it, writes Tara Moss.