Akam* has not known a day of liberty since arriving on Christmas Island in 2013 aged 16
On the quiet shores of an Indonesian island half a decade ago, Gulistan* packed her young son into a leaky boat for the journey over the horizon to Australia: seeking a place, finally, they might call home.
Gulistan and her 16-year-old son, Akam*, had been running months already, having fled Iran, where their ethnic minority, the Faili Kurds, have faced generations of systematic and unremitting persecution.
Over the years, I have become more depressed and suffer from more anxiety
[Akam] is a young, isolated and vulnerable person with detention fatigue
We lock children up and then claim there are no children in detention, when the real reason is that they got old