32 | Woomera: Escaping From an Immigrant Detention Center, Part Two

In the second episode of our series on the mass escape from the Woomera refugee detention center in Australia, Aren Aizura parses out the stakes of the protest camp, its participants, and the escalation to the breakout. From there, Aren moves to the escape itself, the emotional meeting between refugees and outside supporters, and the complicated choices they each faced afterwards. Although describing a distant experience, his reflections on the importance of prisoners’ own agency and the need to go beyond a politics of representation and symbolic protest resonate deeply with the current moment across America.