Staggering along through the night with my overnight bag, I made my way back to the trucking station. I was hallucinating badly again; I could see bodies and blood spread over the footpath and road in front of me. I felt as though I was walking through a horrific accident. The smell of blood and human flesh was on my own skin and made me flinch. The voice chanted a psalm I had learnt as a child. 'Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.' He was laughing as he said these words over inside my brain. I agonised about why my voice had done this terrible injury to people.
Anne Deveson is a writer, broadcaster and documentary filmmaker with a long involvement in human rights issues. She was born in Kuala Lumpur; spent her childhood moving between Malaysia, Britain and Australia, then worked as a journalist for the BBC and the London bureau of the New York Times. In Australia, she became the first woman to run her own daily current affairs radio program. In 1974, she was appointed a Royal Commissioner with the Royal Commission on Human Relationships and in 1978, a founding member of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board. She was Chair of the South Australian Film Corporation and Executive Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has made numerous award winning television and radio documentaries including several films in Africa and Asia which have won her three UN Media Peace Awards. In 1993 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the media and to mental health. She also holds several honorary doctorates. Her writing includes the internationally acclaimed Tell Me I'm Here, which won the 1991 Human Rights Award for non-fiction. She has also written Australian at Risk, Faces of Change, Coming of Age, Lines in the Sand, Resilience and Waging Peace.