Nowadays, there is no foundation for the concept of humanity,
no understanding of humanity itself.
It’s name remains from the past, and this is the only sign for humanity – its name.
The only sign of humanity is its name.
I’m staggered by human beings – they are social creatures.
I’m staggered by the society that they have now formed.
Human beings and their societies stagger me.
I’m staggered by wickedness, by the wrong behaviour of humans.
Elders from the past were a guide for the demonstration of humanity.
They aspired to live well so to manifest the nature of humanity.
Wickedness and wrong behaviour now stagger me.
There is no longer any word for human or humanity.
The opposite only exists .
The description of humanity does not depend on any religion, race or ethnicity,
no, not the description of humanity.
You find humanity. It is not something to buy.
It’s achievable, it’s obtainable, it’s retainable.
I mean the name of humanity.
Turn on the luminous light of humanity now, today.
Don’t be silent, and useless. Don’t draw back from the name of humanity.
The name human and humanity are valuable – an alchemist’s gem.
Don’t make the noble and great name disgraceful and contemptible.
Do your best to serve people, love them, be kind with them, until you are present;
until you live again under the glorious and magnificent name of humanity
Translation: Moones Mansoube with Ahmad A. and Janet Galbraith
To the creator of the July 19 2013 Policy.
It’s morning now and I see the outside
Manus sky is still above my head
My feet are weak and the ground is feeble
The sun is shining, hotter than yesterday
Again another repetition, again another day
Our surroundings are closed, all around a bunch of fences
We see the same faces, same people
their faces have been empty of laugher for so long.
Although the world is colourful, big and beautiful
Our world has been gloomy, tiny and dark for so long.
We are all similar. Our pains are similar.
If we are frightened and nervous, there will be no one to listen
To our agonies and stories.
If we are in an awful situation with too much misery
There will be no one found, to solve even one problem,
No-one who will be as balm and make us happy.
But I have a close friend, a companion
My cigarette, burning beside me, burning like me.
Sorry, I talked a lot without introducing myself:
We are a bunch of luckless victims of 19th of July who have been sacrificed.
But I don’t know why, what we had done.
On what basis we were chosen that we were separated from them, and moved.
We were brought from Christmas Island of Australia to here, I mean Manus Island, one of the
offshore detentions of Australia. It has been a long time that I’ve had this question
‘What made the difference between us and those coming on a same boat that day?”
You let them settle in the land and they’re livin to stay
After that law, after that year, after that month, after that day
This is the biggest injustice that I’ve ever seen in the world still
We’re in limbo here, living in the dream of going to the USA.
You’ve been keepin us for so long illegally
You’ve shown no respect, neither to law nor to the PNG court rule
With all your inhumane bad behaviour
We are still hostages hungering for freedom
You have violated human rights, why?
I was askin why, why several times
But they have been useless, my words, my questions –
If I object, I protest in PNG, they will reply that ‘you’re on Manus, country of PNG
You will face the law of PNG’.
But who’s listenin to these words?
Hey mate, take it from me I know you’re busy, busy with politics, interests and war
But have a bit of heart at least
How can you place your head on the pillow at night
with peace of mind?
Refugees on Manus, on Nauru, each of them
Has become sick and depressed, got shattered internally
In order for you to achieve your goals and interests easily.
Open your eyes wake up! this is a reality. After all the damages we just need support.
If bringing us to the offshore was to close the ocean routes and stop the boats –
It has been so long that no boats have arrived. Stand up! Time is up, why are you killing time?
Make a decision based on logic and sanity. Don’t let us become more pissed off.
We are teetering on the edge of insanity
Either you give us a hand and help us, let us free, we are human,
Or shoot the final bullet and get rid of us.
I don’t wanna beg anymore.
I am looking for a deep sleep so as to get permanent relief
– Kaveh (Manus)
Translation Moones Mansoube