Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 19

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.
24 February 2013. 11 days to home.

Day shift today. There was a car accident this morning with left the SAMs team short, so I helped them out today. Looked after the iPads, which was good, but I don’t get much of an opportunity to interact with the guys.

When the new roster came out, I saw that I’ve now been moved to SAMs. Some of the other cadets wanted to move to Families, and I was ok with moving to SAMs after a couple of good shifts in there.

Church tonight was good, and I was able to show W and the others my daughter. They loved her – commended on how beautiful she was.

Mentally, I’m doing ok. A couple of good shifts in SAMs has me feeling OK about a permanent move there.

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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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