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Nauru Burning

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In Nauru Burning: An uprising and its aftermath, Mark Isaacs goes behind the veil of secrecy around Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres to reveal a climate of fear and hopelessness, culminating in the riot and fire which destroyed much of the Nauru regional processing centre in July 2013. The book reveals how the tinderbox ignited and examines the investigat ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Editia
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Emily Craven
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is a pretty sobering look at Australia's detention policy but also super important for understanding why current refugee processes across the world are not sustainable. This is the first long firm journalism piece I've read so it took a while for me to get used to the 'reporter' style language which strives to report the facts without emotional or sensationalised language (due to the sensitive legal line the author is probably walking). The most important thing I took away from this book is ...more
Charlotte Harper
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an important book at a critical time for Australia. Our country's policies on asylum seekers are appalling. I have no doubt we will look back on this period in history with a sense of shame. I hope that by publishing this book, we can influence ordinary Australians to question the nation's offshore detention policies and press for change, and influence our political leaders to take a stand rather than allowing these atrocities to continue on their watch.

This is what World Vision Australi
Stef Rozitis
"Our world needs more love, more acceptance, more generosity, more compassion. Justice is a struggle. Don't be disheartened. Don't give up." Thus concludes, not the book itself, but the acknowledgements section and I feel it sets the tone for the "why" of this book being written.

This book is a crucial if harrowing read. Some readers have accused it of being "disjointed" but I think that it is simply that the facts that are there about that night are similarly disjointed, no smooth narrative can
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Australian Government's offshore detention policy is a huge and divisive issue today, not only in our own country but round the world. Always our treatment of those who arrive by boat seeking asylum is kept as secret and hidden as possible and is obscured by lies and omissions in an attempt to keep the Australian people ignorant as to what really happens.

Fortunately there are determined and tenacious social justice advocates who persist in breaking through the secrecy and deceit - Mark Isaac
Leslie Ann
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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An important story, but not one that is told well. The chapters are disjointed and there are so many people mentioned, so it is hard to follow a story.
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Goodreads Librari...: Book attributed to wrong author (has same name) 3 191 Oct 24, 2016 05:32AM  
Mark's first book, The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), is an account of his work with asylum seekers in Nauru, one of Australia’s notorious offshore detention centres. His second book, “Nauru Burning” (Editia, 2016), follows up The Undesirables with an investigative report on human rights abuses on Nauru. Mark is currently writing another book for Hardie Grant about a nonviolent c ...more
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