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    Jacquie Everitt's 'The Bitter Shore'

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Jacquie Everitt's The Bitter Shore

An Iranian family's escape to Australia and the hell they found at the border of paradise

The Bitter Shore is Jacquie Everitt's account of Zahra, Saeed and Shayan's flight from home and the shocking events that lay in store for them on the other side of the world.

It's also the story of the effects of the government's policy of mandatory detention on children, and the court case that took on the Howard government.

"Shayan was a bright five-year-old boy when he arrived with his parents in March 2000 from Iran. Less than two years later he had been taken to hospital nine times for rehydration after witnessing incidents and violence in the camps no child in Australia should ever have seen. He had suffered periods of mutism and self-induced starvation including refusal to take liquids."

Related:

29 September 2008: Shayan Badraie's Bitter Shore - The Sydney launch of Jacquie Everitt's 'The Bitter Shore'. The intrigue around the hand-written word Bucklies in a Ministerial will no doubt go down as one of the media's central trophies of the month in reporting on the book, equivalent in news value to the former Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock's use of the word "it" to describe young Shayan.

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Synopsis

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 smuggler's 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 warm welcome they were expecting, the boat's refugees were transported to and interred at Woomera Detention Centre. The Badraies found themselves being treated like criminals and surrounded by barbed wire and despair.

Zahra and Saeed did the best they could to endure, never giving up hope that the agent's "generous" Australia would release them so they could begin their lives again. But for Shayan, Woomera was unbearable. He witnessed horrific acts and was subjected to appalling treatment. For Shayan, Australia was not freedom - it was irreversible psychological damage and almost certain death.

Jacquie Everitt is a vocal campaigner against mandatory detention 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 and the court case that took on the Howard government.

Author information:

Jacquie Everitt is a journalist, writer and human rights lawyer. She has worked in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, East Timor, Cambodia and Vietnam, and is based in Sydney.

Related:

29 September 2008: Shayan Badraie's Bitter Shore - The Sydney launch of Jacquie Everitt's 'The Bitter Shore'. The intrigue around the hand-written word Bucklies in a Ministerial will no doubt go down as one of the media's central trophies of the month in reporting on the book, equivalent in news value to the former Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock's use of the word "it" to describe young Shayan.

Details:

Title: The Bitter Shore
Subtitle: An Iranian family's escape to Australia and the hell they found at the border of paradise
Author: Jacquie Everitt
ISBN: 978 1 4050 3864 5
Subject: Biography: General
Stock: New, Available
Published: 01-10-2008
Binding: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 232 x 154 x 25mm
Pages: 310 pages
Price: $35.00
Imprint: Macmillan Australia

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