In Nauru Burning: An uprising and its aftermath, Mark Isaacs goes behind the veil of secrecy around Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres to reveal a climate of fear and hopelessness, culminating in the riot and fire which destroyed much of the Nauru regional processing centre in July 2013. The book reveals how the tinderbox ignited and examines the investigation into who was responsible. It is the story of the fight of the men in detention to prove their innocence, and of the workers who tried to help them.
Ultimately, it is a comment on the lack of accountability and oversight for service providers in the deliberately remote and closed environment of Australia’s offshore detention centres.
Mark Isaacs is a writer, community worker, adventurer, campaigner for social justice and author of The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), an account of his work with asylum seekers inside the Nauru Regional Processing Centre.Mark has written for publications including Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, Huffington Post, VICE and New Matilda. He continues to work with asylum seekers and refugees for a settlement service in Sydney.
Mark Isaacs became impassioned by the asylum seeker debate after a visit to
Villawood Detention Centre while writing for Oxfam. Months later, in October
2012, Mark was employed by the Salvation Army to work at the regional
processing centre in Nauru. While there, Mark established the Recreations
program and Oceans program for asylum seekers. He eventually resigned from
the Salvation Army in June 2013 and spoke out publicly against the
government's No Advantage policy.