Posted on August 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Kurdish Iranian author has won yet another literary award from the same country that’s holding him in a detention center.

Behrouz Boochani received the $25,000 National Biography Award for No Friend but the Mountains, his memoir of seeking refuge in Australia, only to be held in a detention center off the mainland.

Boochani has already accepted three other literary prizes — virtually — in 2019, his sixth year of captivity on Manus Island.

He accepted Monday's award via WhatsApp, the same text-message app that he used to write No Friend but the Mountains.

The Guardian has more back story on Boochani's plight.

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