Diplomat in Bougainville & Afghanistan
Posted on: Mon 12 Mar 2018
We’re doing a re-broadcast of Fred Smith’s interview from last year, because it is relevant to our previous Guest Speaker, James Fitzroy, a Veteran who also served in Bougainville.
Diplomat, singer songwriter, author Fred Smith has been described as Australia’s secret weapon in international diplomacy . He served two years as a career diplomat in Afghanistan, working with Australian Soldiers in Uruzgan Province where truth and clarity were often buried, and where young Australians perished… and he served on Bougainville, an island province of Papua New Guinea that had recently emerged from ten years of bitter civil war. Fred became something of a celebrity on Bougainville. His award winning CD ‘Bagarap Empires” about his time in Bougainville won wave reviews. Fred has a profound sense of humour and a willingness to understand people of different regions, religions and customs.
Interviewer Nicky Page
Fred Smith playing to troops at Poppy’s, Afghanistan July 2010. Photo provided by Fred Smith and approved for use by Radio Adelaide by Fred Smith