Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 11

In 2013, myself and 5 other cadets from Catherine Booth College, along with three staff, went to Manus Island, PNG, as part of our training, to work as part of The Salvation Army’s Humanitarian team working in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. Four years on, I’ve decided to share my diary from that experience. Names have been changed, and I acknowledge that the centre has changed a lot since then, but it is my hope that this will share a bit of light into how our government is treating Asylum Seekers.
16 February 2013.

Quiet day today. I spent most of it in the internet room. While it can be very stressful at change over time, for the most part it is pretty cruisy, so I don’t mind it too much.

I also played some volleyball today. Turns out I’m a pretty good server, and I’m forming some good bonds with the Tamil guys because of this and monopoly. I need to be careful that I don’t restrict myself to these groups – there are still some people that I haven’t really talked with. Over my next few shifts, I should look to sit in the breeze ways a bit more.

Mentally, I’m doing pretty well. I have a day off tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to relaxing, going to church, and then getting back on the day shifts. Also, facetiming Liesl and Annabelle – always a highlight, any day that it happens.

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

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