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Biography of an Iranian family fleeing religious and political persecution who were detained in the Woomera Detention Centre.

'Is the life of a child worth the price of freedom? To escape religious persecution in Iran, Zahra and Saeed Badraie made the heart-breaking decision to leave their home behind and find a better life for their family elsewhere. The agent they approached to help them flee told the Badraies that there was only one place the people smugglers could take them: Australia, a far away country, but a generous one that would give them refuge. After suffering the smugglers lies and deceit, and a voyage across dangerous seas in a small boat, Zahra, Saeed and their son Shayan arrived in Darwin. Instead of the welcoming country painted by the agent, the boat's refugees were transported to and interred at Woomera Detention Centre. Jacquie Everitt is a vocal campaigner against mandatory dentention of refugees and was instrumental in helping the Badraies gain refugee status. Lyrical, moving and shocking, The Bitter Shore is her account of the atrocious experiences of Zahra, Saeed and Shayan in Woomera and Villawood."--Provided by publisher.

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Notes

  • 'An Iranian family's escape to Australia and the hell they found at the border of paradise' -- Front cover
  • Book launch held Thursday 13 November 2008 at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Melbourne. Arnold Zable introduced the author Jacquie Everitt.

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    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2008 .
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      Extent: x, 294p.p.
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      • Also includes unpaginated Glossary and Appendix.
      ISBN: 9781405038645

Works about this Work

Refugee Life Writing in Australia : Testimonios by Iranians Laetitia Nanquette , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Postcolonial Text , vol. 9 no. 2 2014;
This paper examines a growing trend of contemporary Australian writing, life narrations by refugees, along the genre of testimonio. It uses the example of Iranian writings, as Iranians compose the majority of asylum-seekers in Australia today. It questions the voice refugee writers are given by the Australian writers who help them to write or publish their life stories and ask how their writings redefine the genre of testimonio, used to tell the history of contemporary traumatic migrations to Australia. [Author's abstract]
Dark Times Susan Varga , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 24 2009; (p. 173-180)
Dark Times Susan Varga , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 24 2009; (p. 173-180)
Refugee Life Writing in Australia : Testimonios by Iranians Laetitia Nanquette , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Postcolonial Text , vol. 9 no. 2 2014;
This paper examines a growing trend of contemporary Australian writing, life narrations by refugees, along the genre of testimonio. It uses the example of Iranian writings, as Iranians compose the majority of asylum-seekers in Australia today. It questions the voice refugee writers are given by the Australian writers who help them to write or publish their life stories and ask how their writings redefine the genre of testimonio, used to tell the history of contemporary traumatic migrations to Australia. [Author's abstract]
Last amended 22 Oct 2014 12:55:02
Subjects:
  • c
    Iran,
    c
    Middle East, Asia,
  • Woomera, Far North South Australia, South Australia,
  • Villawood, Bankstown area, Sydney Southwest, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 2000s
Settings:
  • Woomera, Far North South Australia, South Australia,
  • 2000s
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