the archipelago is home to new literature and art on migration.

We began as a writers collective of Eritrean, Sudanese, Somali, Afghan, Myanmar, Indonesian and Australian writers in the refugee community in West Java, collaborating to forge new narratives.
We mentor refugee and migrant-background writers and amplify their creative work.
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Mohammad Asif Rezaie


A Memorial to Asif Reziae

the archipelago Writing, Art & Photography Competition


We are looking for exceptional writers and artists who are refugees in Indonesia, to support their creative work.

First Prize in each category receives 3,000,000 IDR, publication in the archipelago magazine, and training in our writers collective to support their development as writers and artists.

Enter by midnight Friday October 16th.

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Sangi Sabur سنگی صبور

It was Tuesday and the second period was math. Math was boring for me. Before…

The Uncalled Guest

The butchers, smoking cigarettes, use the meat as an ashtray. The cats near the butchers…

Refugees Risk Catching Covid-19 in Overcrowded Shelters

Last Friday, a refugee living in a shelter run by the International Organization of Migration,…

Education can uplift refugee women in Indonesia

For the last two years I have been an advocate for the refugee community in…


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