A Ray of Sunshine in East Timor
of Dili continues while in the towns and villages life goes on. Baucau,
the next largest city is the home of “Nacarras” group. Evis Gonçalo,
regrouped his band to share a message of peace with the people of Baucau.
The Pentecost Sunday Concert was a ray of sunshine to the thousands of locals
and Internally Displaced Persons gathered at St Antonio’s Catholic Church
Plaza to listen to songs that called the people to peace, not people from
East or West, but as one people. When asked, why do this“ to open the
minds of the people to not be Loro Muno or Loro Sae” was Elvis’s reply.
Another member of the band “Nacarras”, which means Rays of Sunshine,
Nelson da Costa said about the current problems “it is a concern to respond
too, this situation in East Timor. It’s good to do!” This group
were forthright enough to suggest in their lyrics that some is manipulating
the splintering of the people!
Baucau has absorbed
over 5,000 people from Dili seeking refuge from the troubles of Dili. Many
locals opening their homes to family friends and relations. Caritas Australia
and Catholic Relief Services of America quickly responded to the shortage
of water and food for the township with help that has enabled the refugees
to settle. The efforts of these young band members provided hope and spirit
to the people through their music. Elvis and Nelson are both computer technicians
on the staff of the Catholic Teachers College in Baucau. Their talents were
enhanced through education and training provided by St Joseph’s College,
Hunters Hill over these last 5 years. The continued support by different
local businesses and NGO’s will hopefully allow the message of peace to
take hold in the country that is suffering a fractured existence.
Br Mark Paul
Catholic Teachers College
Baucau, East Timor.