In response to a question from one of the writers of a Hesperian resource (Where Women Have No Doctor) about the lack of domestic violence here, I’ve been having lots of conversations with friends about this. This is what I’m told. The cultural climate as a whole here is geared towards peaceful resolution of conflict. Every village and many families designate one or more people to be the arbitrators of dispute and conflict and this process is extensively used. The Paramount Chief, for instance, spends much of his time resolving conflict and travels at least twice a year to all 70 villages to help resolve conflicts. Mabinty has been designated as the mediator in her family (recently helping a sister and sister-in-law settle a dispute) and I’ve been called on by friends to play this role myself.
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Good thing, as I am learning more about my role and responsibility here as Nakama’s sister. Yesterday Pa Roke, first speaker of the chief and probably my closest counterpart, explained that if Nakama dies (God forbid!), I’ll be expected to take on her role until a new chief is elected (He also explained that she still needs to put in her year of initiation in the sacred bush). This morning I’ll be representing her at a meeting of the youth called to discuss the possibility of applying to UNIDO for a youth employment program all are excited about as it will enable youth displaced by the war to return home and give some youth an alternative to the back-breaking labour of the farm. As virtually all youth here were affected by the war in one way or another and the conditions leading to the war still somewhat endemic, this development is very welcome and hopeful. I suppose that, while it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a global village to redress historical injustices and wrongs. I’m so glad that you are all part of this global village and that we can connect and work together through this miracle of technology.
Photo – Kouame with 3 of 23 computer students in the new library