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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Secrets of Nyala Market

“Inside the truck, there was an old woman she wears althawb. The dress of the old woman was blue, a bit torn and dirty. This woman was neither tall nor short. Her body was weak. Maybe she had not eaten for a long time. Her skin was light black. She has big eyes that are not in the right position. Everyone can see the fear in her eyes …” Abu Maha is the winner of the archipelago Writing Competition for “Secrets of Nyala Market.”

Mohammad Asif Rezaie


A Memorial to Asif Reziae
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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