Paul, SM Peace Coordinator, discusses forgiveness
with widows of conflict.
- “The road to town is no longer a place of fear. We do not have enemies along the road; we are sisters. The roads that were closed by fear are now open!” Salo Fora, Gabra
- “Before, we feared each other, but now we are comfortable together. We meet for weddings and births and give gifts. When there is sickness and death, we visit and comfort one another. This never happened when we were enemies.” Adi Wako, Borana
- “Before, it was painful to meet a Borana or Gabra and have to greet them. Now, I feel good, and one can even give food. If we come too late from town, we can sleep in the home of a Borana or Gabra woman. If they are too tired to return home, tonight, they can sleep in our homes.” Gumatho, Rendille
|Widows of conflict now share food as women|
- “When we have CLB meetings, we don’t just talk about peace, but we encourage those who still have ‘heavy hearts’ to join us. We brought these women and even some who are not members of the CLB with us, today, to join us in this trip, so that they will have changed heart toward the Rendille. These joint, group activities build our morale and keep us together.” Dohatu Tache, Borana.
- “There is a change in relationship related to livestock. Before you might have stolen livestock in your herd, and there was some bad feeling; the one who had them stolen, also had bad feeling. Now, with livestock being given between enemies, everyone experiences joy and love. The receiver has a changed heart and wants to be like the giver.” Salo Fora, Gabra
- “We no longer have to go to open, high places to herd and guard our livestock. Now, people can graze everywhere and even rest in the shade. This is true for the whole community.” Salo Fora, Gabra
- “We have greater security from outsiders who come to make trouble. We can send a messenger or call on the phone to let the other tribe know, if someone bad is planning something. They can warn their security people before anything happens.” Salo Fora, Gabra
|Widows from different tribes now enjoy close friendship.|