A lifetime of service for peace

This week was a busy one for Dr. AAM Djelantik, one of the most outstanding living Balinese. Born into the powerful Karangasem royal family, Djelantik pursued a career as a medical doctor. He served as a United Nations tropical diseases specialist, spending many long years in isolated parts of Africa and Asia. He even had a 'first glimpse at terror' (name of one of his paintings), when he worked for the UN in the sixties in Iraq and got imprisoned for accidently taking photos of military installations there. Upon his retirement, Djelantik returned to Bali and became a respected figure in the island's art and education circles. He was a founder of the Udayana University School of Medicine, and the Institute of Fine Arts in Denpasar.
This week has not only seen the launch of a new book illustrated by him, but also he was honoured during the first Global Healing conference in Bali with an Award for a lifetime of service for peace.

Congratulations Dr. Djelantik, you have done so much for this tiny island and its people!