Michael Gordon, Freeing Ali: The Human Face of the Pacific Solution (UNSW Press, September 2005).
The Age national editor expands on the newspaper articles and
interviews that brought an enormous reaction to conditions at the
Australian Government's detention centre on the Pacific island of
Nauru. Gordon was the first journalist to gain unrestricted access to
the detention centre, where he interviewed more than half of the
detainees. Freeing Ali gives a face to these people, something the
'Pacific Solution' never did. It introduces Afghani asylum
seeker Ali Mullaie, who spent over three years as a detainee and a
volunteer teacher in the Nauruan education system before been granted
genuine refugee status by the Australian Government. Gordon traces
Ali's story from Afghanistan to Nauru and ultimately to Melbourne,
and recounts the tragedies of the survivors of 'Siev X' and
the 'children overboard' affair.