This Sunday from 1-2pm (EST) on Asheville FM:
Farhad Bandesh is a Kurdish luthier/artist/musician/writer who was detained by the Australian government when seeking asylum. He’s been at the detention center on Manus Island off of Papau New Guinea for 6 years now. The conditions there are inhumane and leaving is difficult even after the detention facility is ‘officially’ closed due to its location and the absence of support for those detained. Farhad recently released the song and music video ‘The Big Exhale’ in collaboration with the Melbourne City Ballet and various Australian musicians about his experience there.
Check out the Big Exhale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiMsr4eQzVM
Writing Through Fences: http://writingthroughfences.org/writers/farhad-bandesh/
Be sure to contact Farhad if you have opportunities to support international artists or if you are interested in collaborating on a project with him.
Note also, that in the United States, ICE detains folks seeking asylum in inhumane conditions as well. If you’re in WNC, you can dial CIMA’s hotline to report the presence of ICE: 888-839-2839