The State We're In, 7 July 2012. How an immigration official stopped detainees from killing themselves. How an Indian woman is now thriving after an acid attack damaged her face. And how a gay Palestinian man has finally found his real home.
Download as MP3 (right-click and 'save as')
Podcast feed iTunes Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Add us on Google+
Aspiring singer-songwriter Peter Mitchell thought life was going to be easy in Australia’s public service.
But on his first day he was asked to tackle undocumented immigrants trying to escape.
He soon realized he had a knack for the job, and later became manager of the country’s most notorious immigration detention centre, Villawood.
His crowning achievement: talking detainees out of slitting their own throats.
After his time at Villawood, Peter Mitchell was assigned to run Operation Safe Haven, a temporary asylum for 4,000 refugees from Kosovo. They held a concert and Peter got to play a song he’d written especially for them: signing it changed the course of his life. View photos.
Shirin Juwaley in Mumbai, India had a bad feeling when she got married.
Her instincts were right: her new husband turned out to be abusive and after two months, she filed for divorce.
It was then that he threw acid on her face. Shirin tells host Jonathan Groubert how she’s put her life back together – on her terms.
Shirin often goes into schools to speak about what happened to her. But the principal of one girls’ college refused to let her enter.
Shirin’s organization is Palash - helping reintegrate individuals with disfigurement.
Bad education - Mumbai Mirror.
More information on Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI).
The Invisible Man - listen in new player
Louie is Palestinian. When his family found out he was gay, they tried to kill him. So he fled to Tel Aviv. He survived by learning Hebrew, wearing a Star of David and living underground.
But after ten years he had to flee Israel. He tells Jonathan how he’s now found home in a cold place far, far away.
Louie is featured in the documentary The Invisible Men.