Today SIEVX.com publishes important interviews with four of the
Mandaean passengers on SIEVX who departed the vessel before it sank.
SIEVX.com is proud that SBS Arabic radio's Walkley award winning
journalist, Ghassan Nakhoul, has made available to us an English
language transcript of 'Early Survivors' a program that went to air in
The interviews in this program provide further pieces of the jigsaw
puzzle which, when put together with other pieces, reveal more of the
shadowy picture surrounding the sinking tragedy.
For example, when these interviews are read in conjunction with other
information held on SIEVX.com it is possible to conclude that Abu
Quassey sent his brother-in-law on another ill-fated boat only months before the
sinking of SIEVX which had to be rescued
off Christmas Island!
The interviews in 'Early Survivors' also show contradictory
recollections of events leading up to the sinking. This highlights the
importance of hearing and considering every voice connected with the
Ghassan Nakhoul has now interviewed more than a dozen people who
travelled on the doomed vessel, as well as a number of relatives of
the survivors and the victims.
'The Five Mysteries of SIEV X' - the program for which Nakhoul won his
Walkley - is one of the most highly regarded documents concerning the
SIEVX voyage. 'Five Mysteries' has been quoted by Senator Faulkner in his 'Additional Commments' in
the CMI Report and in his most recent speech about SIEVX delivered at
a Melbourne meeting of the Fabian Society in July. David Marr & Marian
Wilkinson also drew on it for their SIEVX chapter in Dark Victory.
'Early Survivors', like 'Five Mysteries' and Keysar Trad's translation
of Survivor accounts is destined to become another important source
for SIEVX researchers.