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Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 23

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.

28 February 2013. 7 Days to Home!

Quiet day today. Night shift again. This afternoon, we had a supply of iPad Chargers delivered, so we now have more chargers than iPads. It means we can give a charger out with each iPad, so they will keep their charge throughout the day. I have a feeling that with a better battery, they will actually have better WiFi reception, and hopefully less problems.

Helped one guy with a Quran today. I’m hoping that I might be able to open up a conversation with him, that might lead to a conversation about the Bible. We’ve got an Arabic Bible, so that might be helpful.

Mentally – Good. Feeling tired with these night shifts, and I have another two after tomorrow’s day off. I’m hoping for some day shifts to finish off our time here.

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