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A Tear in the Soul
Author: Amanda Webster

ISBN: 9781742235134
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3 October 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5
Description:
I don't believe it's possible to hurt another person without hurting oneself, an invisible hurt, a tear in the soul that allows the essence of one's humanity to leak out, like bleeding from a cut. Awareness of the loss might come infrequently or only in the dead of night or when staring at the bottom of a beer glass. But it almost always comes. A collective group can't hurt another collective group either without hurting itself. And I belong to a collective group that has hurt.

A foreigner's criticism provides the impetus for Amanda Webster to embark on a long-intended search for two former school friends - Aboriginal kids from the Kurrawang Mission near where she grew up in Kalgoorlie. As a child, Webster supposed Mission kids were well-cared for orphans, however growing awareness forced her to think otherwise. Over the years her questions accumulated: were her friends members of the Stolen Generations? What was life at Kurrawang really like? What are her responsibilities as a non-Indigenous Australian whose family's privilege was built on stolen land?

For an institution that existed for over two decades, Webster...

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