Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 25

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.

2 March 2013. 5 days to home.

Another night shift. I knew it was a bad sign when I was yawning at lunch time. I’m feeling really tired, but I’ve got to go on.

They changed how they did the internet, running it out of room 3 and 4. It’s better, as it’s cooler, but a bit more stressful as you can have more guys around you. At least when it was room 5, you could keep them out of the room.

Mentally – super tired. I wanted to go to church tomorrow, but I think I might sleep or watch a movie instead.

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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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