Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 21

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.
26 February 2013. 9 days to home.

Day off today. I spent most of it reading God’s Politics. It’s a great books, with lots of great ideas – I think I dog-eared every second page in the poverty section.

The overall guiding principle behind the boos was not just to complain, but to provide a credible solution to the problem. I can see many areas in Australian politics where this prophetic voice is needed.

Talked to Liesl tonight. It was her first day at placement, and while really tough, it was a really good day. She’s going to love it there, and do incredible work.

Mentally – Good. Thoughts are starting to turn towards home, so I need to remain focused while I’m here.

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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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