At the age of 14, just beginning her physical transformation into being a woman, a child bride is forced into marrying a man twice her age in a sub-Saharan African village. With life expectancy in the 40s, this man dies, leaving little wealth except acquired “property.” In standing with village customs, the wife (or property) is passed on to his brother, who is known to carry HIV.
A few years later, this young woman gives birth to a baby with microcephaly. The villagers, who lack knowledge about medical disorders, only see the shrunken head of the child as a curse. Quickly, this woman, her children Continue reading →
It is easy, as a former journalist and political science major, who still listens to talk radio each morning and is planning a trip to a violent continent, to think of peace in a large context. The word is mostly used in reference to the ending of a violent dispute. That implies that without initial chaos, there is no need for peace. Or that peace is only important as a way of counteracting atrocity.
Even situationally, peace is commonly described as the absence of harsh elements. “I need some peace from…” Webster’s dictionary defines peace as freedom from disturbance or agitation. The concept is seen in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Captain Nemo, Continue reading →