Curl Curl, Australia
A proud day when I achieved my Bronze Medallion and became a volunteer Surf Life Saver.
Pre-Federal Election, Australia
1 September 2013
I was proud to have been a Liberal candidate in the 2013 federal election supported by a dedicated
and talented team of locals. We could not have achieved what we did without their grassroots
support, and the generosity of MPs like the then Shadow Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Shadow
Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, who gave very generously of their time.
This photograph was taken in one of the many United Nations housing compounds. It was taken some years after Afghan leaders met at the Bonn Conference in December 2001 to map-out a democratic path for Afghanistan. They picked Hamid Karzai to lead the Afghan Transitional Authority and agreed a Constitutional Loya Jirga should be convened to draft a constitution. The Loya Jirga sat from December 13, 2003 to January 4, 2004.
September 11, 2002.
Entirely unexpected, I was honoured to be awarded Friend of the South African Protection Support Detachment SAPSD
by the Officer Commanding, Colonel W. Smith at this special ceremony held at the South African Detachment HQ in downtown Bujumbura, Burundi.
Surat Thani, Thailand
I was proud to play a very minor role in Thailand's nascent democracy as an International Election Observer on behalf of ANFREL (Asian Network For Free Elections), working in association with local monitoring agency P-NET, and in coordination with the Thai Government and Provincial Government Election Commissioners for the Thai Senatorial election (Surat Thani Province).
Muyinga Province, Burundi.
January 20, 2005
Field trips are a mainstay for Humanitarian Affairs Officers from the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs. On this field mission we conducted a needs assessment in cooperation with colleagues from the World Food Programme while delivering immediate food relief to refugees gathered on the Burundi-Rwandan border.
Westen Cape, South Africa
A unique opportunity for me to see - post apartheid - the Khayelitsha township on the Cape Flats. Its creation was one of the apartheid regime's last attempts at enforcing the Groups Areas Act (a series of Acts which sought to exclude non-Whites from living in the most developed areas).
A moment in Damascus, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Photograph taken in the historic old city which is also home of the magnificent 8th-century Great Mosque of the Umayyads.
My much loved and missed friend
13 September 1973 - 11 August 2011
Our much loved friend, larger-than-life human, idealist and humanitarian, writer, poet, and loving husband to Anna-Karin Jatfors and Dad to Emil (3 years) and Milla (11 months). Taken too early in a tragic accident, this photo was taken of us years earlier in Burundi - the country we met, worked and began a lifelong kinship.
My friend and consummate professional, Commander Jaco Theunissen. We stop to take a rare photo in front of a South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter - a key element of the South African-led international protection force that served exiled political leaders across Burundi.
En-route to visit the remarkable Roman ruins of Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley. I travelled with colleagues from the United Nations Iraq mission based in neighbouring Jordan. We came across infrequent internecine violence and protest.