When we were rescued, we went mad - they asked us what we wanted and I told them that I would just die for a cup of tea.

Sister Berenice Twohill

Courage, self-sacrifice, forgiveness, self-reliance and the ability to catch and eat rats, feral cats and snakes are just a few of the traits Sister Berenice acquired during her three and a half year internment in a Japanese prisoner of war camp on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. Giving up her rations to feed the wounded soldiers was one of her ways of fighting back and having some control under incredibly difficult circumstances. Sister Berenice holds no grudges against the Japanese as she is well aware of the fact that whatever was happening to them in their internment camp, was also occurring in many other countries, including her own.


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

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