Holding on to the 'shock' factor

PUBLISHED: 11:50 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

HOLDING on to a sense of shock is one of Father Joseph Shonibare's biggest goals, now that he has notched up eight months in the world's second poorest country, Sierra Leone. The former parish priest at the Church of the Holy Family in Honiton is looking

HOLDING on to a sense of shock is one of Father Joseph Shonibare's biggest goals, now that he has notched up eight months in the world's second poorest country, Sierra Leone.The former parish priest at the Church of the Holy Family in Honiton is looking forward to attending a 'renewal' course in the Philippines, in April."Do you know my greatest fear?" he recently wrote. "That I will lose my 'shock' sense."I feel my senses are becoming dulled. What used to be extraordinary has now become ordinary."Where is all the anger, seeing women with children walking miles in the heat and carrying heavy loads on their heads?"Where is the shock at seeing children washing in polluted streams?"Where is the anger at people not being able to receive simple treatments because they cannot afford it?"Following his trip to the Philippines, Father Joseph will be returning to England for a short holiday.He says: "I need the holiday to wash with warm water the thick skin I am developing, so that I may come back refreshed - to be shocked.


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