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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Diary from Kabul: I had many dreams

I am a girl. I am 19 years old. I am from Kabul. I am from Afghanistan. I started school when I was a young girl. I wanted to be an engineer. I wanted to build my country.

Mohammad Asif Rezaie


A Memorial to Asif Reziae
Atonement of Secrets تاوان راز ها

Atonement of Secrets تاوان راز ها is the winner of the archipelago’s inaugural Art and Photography Competition.

What If

What if all the lands were free and vast
All the wounds were rivers
flowing from the past

The Red Sky

The sands of the beach are soft and sticky. My brown shoes are trapped there…

Ali Froghi on Depicting the Daily Lives of Refugees in Makassar

In conversation with Hazara photographer Ali Froghi   Kieren Kresevic Salazar: This series focuses on…


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