Mohammad started writing poetry when he was detained on Manus Island as a way to help his mental health and to survive the harsh conditions.
He says “Manus was a very bad place to torture us inside the camps. I decided to put the words of my heart on paper. When I wrote on paper and saw what was bothering me, I calmed down a bit by writing poems. Writing these poems means removing grudges from my heart.”
“The Fox” is a tale about power and it’s uncertainty, and follows a hungry animal roaming the countryside for food. The book includes illustrations by fourteen artists and is bound with a sewn spine in reference to Mohammad’s past work as a tailor.
Mohammad presents this story “with the hope that one day all prisons and detention centres will be empty of innocent people.”