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Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:36

Creative response to human trafficking and forced labour

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One In A Thousand Stories, Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour, was launched at the [ACRATH] conference. The 20-page booklet brings together his tapestries, his words, facts and figures and the thoughtful and sometimes challenging words of others working in the area.

Brother David, a Salesian Brother, decided to create the picture book a couple of years ago after returning from a 2010 sabbatical in Sangre De Cristo in New Mexico.

“Among the wonderful things we learned was how to do needlepoint, weaving and tapestry. Also at Sangre we focussed on justice – a passion I have had most of my religious life as a Salesian Brother. So during the sabbatical I decided that when I returned to Australia I would join a group that was dealing with an issue of justice in the community. Initially, I thought of working with refugees but I guess God, through the person of Good Shepherd Sister Tania de Jong led me to ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). One thing led to another and ‘One In A Thousand Stories’ came about,” Brother David said.

The head of the Salesians Australia-Pacific Province, Fr Greg Chambers, attended the launch along with some friends of Brother David. ACRATH member, Sr Carole McDonald officially launched the book, commenting on the story’s journey from the 2014 conference.

“Last year Brother David came to the conference and showed his tapestries and ran a workshop.

We heard then about his idea for a book. This year, here we are launching the book, the fruit of all his hopes,” Sr Carole said.

One in a Thousand Stories is now on the ACRATH website. If you would like more information about the booklet or to use any of the images, please contact Brother David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This article was first published the March 2015 issue of ACRATH News, the monthly newsletter of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH).