Manus Island 2013 – my experiences, pt 27

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.

4 March 2013. 3 Days to Home!

A day off today, and I feel so much better because of it. I feel refreshed and energised, and ready for my last two shifts.

I did some reading, watched Star Trek and Bad boys, talked to Liesl and relaxed.

I also got to drive today. One of the local girls had to go home because her son was sick, and because I was the only one with a day off, I drove her to town. it was quite good – there’s some beautiful scenery. I wish I had taken a camera.

Two shifts to go. I’m looking forward to heading home. While I’m going to miss a lot of people from here, I’ve got lots of exciting things to get on with this year.

Mentally – great, good and refreshed.

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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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