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Jakarta Post

Priest, nun touch lives of mentally ill in Flores, one shackled person at a time

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

East Manggarai   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  02:09 pm
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Father Avent Saur SVD gives care to a shackled man with severe mental illness in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, in October.(JP/Markus Makur)

Eduardus Leghu, Paulus Jaghang, Tarsisius Antonius Amat, Anselmus Wara and Hubertus Lothe are only a few of the nearly one hundred people who suffer from mental illness on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, that have seen significant improvements in their conditions after being freed from pasung (chained, shackled or locked up in a confined space). One of the key people behind their improvement has been Catholic priest Avent Saur SVD. Father Avent has traveled across several regencies on Flores to help the mentally ill, cutting their hair, bathing them and clipping their nails since 2014. However, his most important act was to help their families gain access to medication. Father Avent resides in Ende regency but has traveled far and wide to touch the lives of people who suffer from mental illness. In 2016, he founded Kasih Insanis Group (KKI). His dedic...