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Flee From War (Our Rights)

by Farhad Bandesh

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Christina Coombe A rock anthem from a beautiful young man caught in the cruelty of Manus Island RPC. In the vein of the Wirumpi band. This echoes the story of many refugees and displaced people who flee from war. It is a human right to find safety and freedom. Thank you to the very talented Farah Bandesh and band.
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Flee from War is a track written and recorded by detainees of Manus Island. Through halting recordings sent in segments via phone “Flee from War” has a Kurdish punk attitude to it that refers to the plight of Kurdish and Rohingyan refugees fleeing madness only to end up in purgatory.


Flee from war to find peace
Warfare made to kill innocent people
To feel calm is my dream
To get world peace is your dream
We are tormented by our dreams

Human rights are our right
No more tears no more wars
No more genocide no more bloodshed
Rise up people you are me, I am you
intertwined united

Freedom's cessation hope oblitrated
eliminate the borders barbaric policies
lives repeatedly decimated
The webbed army of arbitrary
Universally declared but not for us
Human rights are our rights


released November 2, 2017
Farhad Bandesh (Guitar and vocals)
Richard Mogu (PNG, drums)
Mark McCartney (Guitar)
Jake Lilley (Bass)
David Bridie (Vocals)
Mixed by Andy Robinson at Wantok Studios
Production by David Bridie

Lyrics written by Farhad Bandesh and Jenell Quinsee.


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Farhad Bandesh Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

Farhad Bandesh is a Kurdish musician, a guitar maker, an artist. Currently detained in Manus Island Detention Centre, Farhad uses his creative skills to express his pain, suffering and frustration. He brings a Kurdish punk attitude to his songwriting to show that he's angry but also strives for change. ... more

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