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21 October 2012


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Amen! Thanks for a great "behind-the -scenes" story. Seeing this young man make it through such hell and end up in university is heart warming.

Having traveled up and down Bougainville in the 60's working to improve basic education it makes me decide that it was not in vain.

This is a great story Leonard. I always had a feeling that a lot of the trouble in Bougainville was caused by young immature men/boys with fire in their bellies but little understanding of the whole situation.

I'm amazed that Augustine could settle down to high school studies so soon after his experiences of much dangerous fighting with the BRA and with the fact he had lost so many of his comrades.

It is heart-warming to hear that Augustine's Christian faith and the Catholic Church have given him the strength to go on to become a Dominican brother in the Order of Preachers.

It is wonderful the way Augustine has "gone back to school" while he is much older than the other students, and it is good that he has been accepted by the younger students.

I wish him well, no matter where he ends up. But I do hope that he will be preaching "the futility of war". There is another way to sort out these sorts of problems.

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