Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 26

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.

3 March 2013 – 4 days to home!

Another night shift. Last one, thankfully. I’m wrecked.

On shift today, I started in the canteen with C, then ran the iPads tonight. Had a couple of issues, where I ran out of iPads, but I survived. P told me to take a break at one point because he was worried about my hydration. Gave me an opportunity to talk with one of the guys – an Iraqi who has an 18 day old child. It must be so tough for him. He shared some of his story, and seems like a really nice guy. It’s a real shame he’s here, like every other person here.

Mentally – wrecked. I’m so tired. I was rosered on for a day shift tomorrow, but I talked to P [guy in charge of rostering] and told him that I would be useless, so I’ve got the day off. Will be good to rest, then two day shifts before I head home.

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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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