Ben Farinazzo was one of 5,500 Australians who was deployed as part of the Australian-led multi-national peacemaking task force, the International Force East Timor (INTERFET), established to restore order and provide humanitarian aid, following extreme violence in the country.
The experience would prove to be a very rewarding one, but would ultimately lead Ben to unanticipated mental health challenges.
Years after returning home, Ben suffered physical injuries from a mountain bike accident that nearly left him as a quadriplegic or dead, which forced him to face his own mortality and mental health issues.
This episode is an important human story, that offers a perspective of resilience and self-reflection.
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