Benson Wane: The Life of a Security Guard

This is a glimpse into the life of Benson Wane, a 24-year-old security guard from the Southern Highlands.

Benson became a security guard to support his mother, after his abusive father walked out on them when he was still in high school.

“I came to go to school, I dropped out of school after grade ten when my father walked out on me and my mother,” says Benson.

“My father was an alcoholic, and abusive.”

It’s a long day’s work for a static guard, the pay is barely legal, it’s monotonous and can at times, be dangerous work, but for those who are on the job, it is a lifeline.

Benson Wane is a security guard for a respected company that looks after its guards.

He agreed to speak to us about his life. Now at 24, Benson has already gone through his fair share of life’s hard knocks.

“I was going to do something about my dad, but one night he abused me. I was affected mentally.

“I am looking after my mother with the money that I make as a security guard.”

He is thankful for what he has, and he still looks forward to a better future.

“I am looking to go back to school.”

Benson’s story gives a glimpse into the realities faced by ordinary Papua New Guineans. Most don’t speak up because they are too busy barely making ends meet.

Others, like Benson, don’t have the chance to tell their story.

Many Papua New Guineans can relate to Benson’s story – it’s about a person who has sacrificed education and is now on minimum wage. For K350 a fortnight, Benson’s struggle is as real as it gets, as he continues to support his mother, while focusing on improving his future.

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Bethanie Harriman

Bethanie Harriman

Bethanie Harriman draws strength from his experiences growing up in Lae’s Four Mile and Back Road block settlements, before studying Applied Science at the National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea where he graduated with a diploma in Applied Science. He is proving to be a voice for the voiceless and is becoming a respected commentator on PNG’s socio-economic and political environment.