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Anglican Priest heads TRC
 
MELANESIAN MESSENGER 090430-2
April 30, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
Dean of the Anglican Church’s St. Barnabas Provincial Cathedral in Honiara the Very Rev’d Sam Ata was appointed to Chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

TRC is a body established by the national government of Solomon Islands to investigate the causes of the 1998 to 2003 social unrest that almost brought the country to its knees.

Other local members of the Commission are George Kejoa; a former politician and community leader; and former Provincial Secretary Caroline Laore.

The other two internationals are Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi of Fiji and Sofia Macher from Peru. Sofia is also the Deputy Chair.

Following the government’s appointment Fr. Ata will relinquish the position to work full time with the Commission.

In his absence the Cathedral Rector will take care of the deanery responsibilities until such time a new person is chosen towards the end of the year.