Behrouz Boochani

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Born in Western Iran, Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, human rights defender, writer, and film producer. He was held in the Australian-run Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea from 2013 until its closure in 2017. No Friend but the Mountains, his memoir, has won several literary awards (including the Victorian Prize), which he wrote via WhatsApp.

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