Magazine article Anglican Journal

Peace Returns to Solomons: `Video Warfare' Found Wanting

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Peace Returns to Solomons: `Video Warfare' Found Wanting

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There is now hope that Bishop Patteson Theological College, the main Anglican school on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, may reopen soon.

The college, in the town of Kohimarama, did not open this fall because the violent and volatile political situation in the Solomon Islands made life too dangerous for students at the isolated school.

But as suddenly as the political situation deteriorated following a coup in the Solomons last June, it seems to have ameliorated, according to Anglican Bishop Terry Brown of the diocese of Malaita on a neighboring island.

"Following signing of a peace agreement, the rank and file of the two militant groups took peace into their own hands and all came into Honiara (the national capital) for peace celebrations which lasted two days and nights," Bishop Brown, a former Partnerships mission coordinator, wrote in a recent letter.

"The video version of war has been found wanting and now everyone is for peace," Bishop Brown wrote.

Lorna Reevely, a Canadian Volunteer in Mission librarian, who left Bishop Patteson when the college closed and who has been with Bishop Brown on Malaita since then, is now set to return to her posting. …

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