Asylum speaker accepts $125,000 Victorian premier’s literary prize via video from Manus Island, where he has been held for six years
- Behrouz Boochani
- The Guardian
This is a transcript of the speech Behrouz Boochani delivered via video link on 31 January 2019
When I arrived at Christmas Island six years ago, an immigration official called me into the office and told me that they were going to exile me to Manus Island, a place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
I told them that I am a writer.
That same person just laughed at me, and ordered the guards to exile me to…