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16 WORLD NEWS
Army March 17, 2011
By Capt Cameron Jamieson
AUSTRALIAN troops from the
International Stabilisation Force
have joined New Zealand mili-
tary personnel, police and offi-
cials serving in East Timor for
a church service for the victims
of the devastating Christchurch
The congregation prayed for
the souls of the lost, to alleviate
the suffering of the survivors and
to ask for strength for those help-
ing the city from the tragic conse-
quences of the disaster.
Many of the New Zealanders
serving in East Timor are from
the Christchurch area, making the
service a personal bridge between
their operational duties and their
family and friends at home.
During the service New
Zealand Maj Ian Lattimore spoke
to the congregation about the diffi-
culty of watching the reports from
"I know this week many of us
have been asking ourselves what
we are doing so far away when
our own nation is dealing with an
enormous tragedy," he said.
"I ask you to try and remember
in this challenging time that we
stillhave ajobheretodo --itis
the nature of New Zealand to help
"Timor still requires our pres-
ence here, as do the other nations
our Service people are currently
in."After the service Australian
Army Sgt Russell O'Brien said
he was thankful for the opportu-
nity to pray alongside the New
"I want to support our Kiwi
brothers and sisters," he said.
"It felt better after standing
alongside them, thinking about
those who have been lost and
those who have been saved."
Sharing quake grief
Showing support: New Zealand Padre Tony
Harrison (top) leads the congregation during a
memorial service for the victims of the devastating
Christchurch earthquake, while Cpl Ben John
(above) joins the service to show support to ISF
personnel with family in the disaster area.
Photos by Capt Cameron Jamieson
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