IN late February last year, I was given the number of Aziz, a Sudanese man who was in the detention centre on Manus Island. I messaged him on WhatsApp, feeling a little unsure about whether he’d want to talk to me. Since then, we have exchanged more than 3500 voice messages. Aziz has described his life inside the detention centre, and told me about his life before he was taken there. We’ve talked about his soccer tournaments and my basketball team. He’s reported on all the events that have unfolded in the detention centre all year. He’s in limbo, but it’s a volatile place.
And now, we’ve turned our voice messages into a podcast: The Messenger. It’s a ten-part series about Abdul Aziz Muhamat, and his life inside the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island.