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09 May 2008

From the rugby pitch to the coal mines... - preview

Dave Feickert, of Sheffield & Balby Area Meeting, works in Beijing as a mine safety advisor. Here he shares his experience of aggression, predominantly through his career in trade unions

Like many Quakers I have thought about the subject of violence quite deeply
  • I find it quite troubling, as no doubt many others do
  • When I was growing up in New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s our society had little requirement for us to prepare for battle – an end to European wars and the conservative National Party government did not send us to Vietnam, like our Australian and American cousins
  • There was very little violence in and around as I grew up and relatively few gang 'wars', beyond a bit of stone throwing
  • This has now changed, as it has in other developed countries, with a rising incidence of deaths from violent conflict between groups of young men

  • Dave Feickert

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