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No Man is an Island by Adele Dumont
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In 2010-12, the author was a teacher for detainees, first a short stint as a volunteer at Christmas Island and then two years at the Curtain centre. Curtain is located three hours north of Broome West Australia. It is remote, it is hot, dusty and flat. During 2010-12 there was a surge of asylum seekers arriving in Australian waters in leaking boats. They faced uncertain futures in mandatory detention.

The author has a gentle way of writing. She tries to keep her political views in the background to give focus to the plight of the men and on how she copes with her experiences.

She is greatly impressed by the welcoming and respectful men, especially the Hazaras. She is torned between her own beliefs, the rules of her employer and the needs of the men for education, contact and hope. Her energy levels are tested by the constant demands, emotions and mood swings within the camp. There's plenty of observations of her fellow staff colleagues and many who show overt racism, sexism and ignorance. The contrast between the staff and "clients" behaviours bare the soul of our country.

Unfortunately Australia's detention system has worsened since Ms Dumont's experiences. This book would no longer be possible to write due to new laws enforcing secrecy over the detention camps.
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February 4, 2020 – Shelved
February 4, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: author-australia
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: biography-autobiography-memoir
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: culture-australia
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: culture-afghanistan
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: culture-sri-lanka
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: culture-iran
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: woman-author
February 11, 2020 – Shelved as: refugees
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