Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 24

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.

1 March 2013. 6 days to home.

My day off today, and boy do I need it. Starting to feel really tired – I’m rarely getting up before 7am.

I watched some Star Trek today, and did some reading. Also got to chat with Liesl and Annabelle tonight. Can’t wait to see them again.

Water restrictions are getting a bit old. They need to fix one of the pumps, but that will take time. Until then, you need to plan when you will take a shower, and hope they don’t cut the water off early.

Worked out today that I can transfer movies to my phone [from my eeepc, which didn’t have enough memory to play the movies] and watch them on there. I’ll be watching a few movies over the next couple of days.

Mentally – good, but tired.

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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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