Before his nightmare began Helal Uddin — known as “Spicy” — worked as a chef at a holiday inn in Dhaka. He had to leave Bangladesh after being involved in a protest. From Bomana Prison in Papua New Guinea, he tells his story to Green Left.
A national day of action was organised to mark the third year since a Tamil asylum seeker family were taken from their home in Biloela, Queensland, and placed in detention on Christmas Island. Chloe de Silva reports.
In 2011, in the days leading up to January 26, with Australian flags fluttering off cars and used as capes, accompanied by cartons of beer, sporting excellence as the pinnacle of Australian achievement and politicians lecturing the country on what it means to be a “proud Australian”, I left Perth.