Hidden behind Razor Wire. "Asylum: Voices Behing the Razor Wire" by Heather Tyler. [review]
This important book succeeds in forcing us tosee and hear the individuals hidden from knowledge and understanding behind the razor wire of Australia's detention centres. Direct contact with people's stories is one of the most potent counters to the prevailing climate of fear and dislike. Stories individualise, give voice and bring people close to us. Stories also draw us in, so that we want to know more. Every detainee encountered in the pages of this book has an ongoing story that Sallis now wants to explore. This is a testament to the role stories play in countering dehumanisation and generalisation; but it is also a testament to Tyler's passionate journalism and skilled storytelling.