Thursday, 27 March 2008

Missionaries treated us better, says Aboriginal leader

There has not been a lot of progress recently in the welfare of Aborigines in the Northern Territory. The SMH today has a report headed Missionaries better, says Arnhem leader.

From the report:

THOUSANDS of Aboriginal children in remote communities are still waking up to no breakfast nine months after the $1.5 billion federal intervention, Galarrwuy Yunupingu, the Northern Territory's most powerful Aboriginal leader, has warned.

and again:

Mr Yunupingu, a former Australian of the Year, called for the intervention taskforce to urgently build missionary-style dormitories in the communities where children could be fed, clothed and cleaned.

He said he would not shy away from criticism the dormitories would be a return to the days last century when missionaries ran the communities.

"The missionary days were good," Mr Yunupingu said. "The missionaries looked after the kids much better than the Government does today."

Christian missionaries saved the lives of many aborigines and continue to do good work today. We should keep praying for them and for the people they are trying to serve.

1 comment:

Andrew Barry said...

Hi Gordon,

Thanks for posting this ... I would have missed it. I think it just a little example of 'though they accuse you of doing wrong' they will 'see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.' (1 Peter 2:12). Sometimes there are glimpses now of what will happen then. We can't expect much more that mere glimpses, but it's great when it happens.