Monday, 10 September 2012

(Day 52) Hwaseong Immigration Detention Center-day 39

In a continuing saga of the Egyptian who won't listen, before the day shift started this morning, he demanded the guard buy him a ticket to Egypt. The guard not being a caseworker, ignored him. I tried to explain to him again that Koreans don't respond well to demands that it requires subtle manipulation. He didn't listen. His caseworker finally rolled in around 10 a.m. and told him he could could leave Friday. The Egyptian who won't listen kept saying he had money now and want to pay to go today. The caseworker kept telling him Friday.

After about 20 minutes of this back and forth, the caseworker said "Finished. You go Friday. Stop calling guard." And walked away-- almost the same reaction as myself, except I only lasted about 5 minutes before I walked away. When you're in a cage, you're not really in a position to make demands about your release...

In one of the cells, there is a transgendered person. Technically a man, I suppose, but not really. Poor guy/girl is in the cell by him/herself. On one hand, she/he can watch whatever program he/she wants on TV, doesn't have to wait to shower, etc., but it must be very lonely to be in a cell all by yourself with no one to talk to, and whenever he/she walks by the other cells, the other men to make derogatory comments as she/he passes. It makes me sad to see, both for her/him and the other men.