In the late 1930’s, a young girl named Pefesa from a village called Saganu journeyed with her grandmother who was inflicted with an unknown illness to Dipra a far away village for herbal treatment which lasted many moons.
Although she was already betrothed, she had jumped at the opportunity to care for her grandmother because there was an on going war and an outbreak of guinea worm in her village at that time. She and her entire family had suffered the guinea worm infection so following her grandmother to Dipra, was her way of escape.
In Dipra, she caught the fancy of a man named Hadip. He was a widower who was gifted a wife by a man who saw him as a son. However, he still sort a woman of his choice and was willing to take Pefesa’s hand in marriage and make her his second wife. She considered her options of marrying her betroth who had settled in saganu and live in fear of death or guinea worm infection or become the second wife of a man who was smitten by her and never have to fear for her life.
She chose the later.
The war ended a few years after she got married and they enjoyed atleast 2 decades of peace. Then it began again in the early 1980’s. This time, the war lingered for 9 years and lives and properties were lost forever.
After nine years, both sides buried their dead, licked the wounds, drowned their tears in the rains and nursed their grudges.
In the last decade, the war began again and this time, people have whispered that it is not only caused by the land tussle they have had for more than 100years, but a chief died in Mizoa– the rival village. And they needed human heads for his burial as is custom for many traditional rulers burials in nigeria and the warriors of Pefesa’s village found a child beheaded so their first suspects were the Mizoas’ who were burying their Chief.
People have also whispered that the affluent king of Mizoa is arming his people as they sing his praises and mock the King of Pefesa’s village in the battle field. In all this, the King of Pefesa’s village has not done enough to negotiate peace.
I gathered that some well to do indigenes of Pefesa’s village in far away lands out of either true concern or as a show of affluence, have sent relief funds to their waring village but sadly, only a meagre sum has gotten to the people who really need it, as the people charged with handling the money took out their share first. And they had the lion’s share.
In recent times, the war has become more heated and boys as young as 13 are made men as they pull the trigger to defend their land. They fortify themselves with charms and claim that it makes them resistant to bullet penetration.
Amongst the hundreds that have fallen was Goha, a 16 year old boy whose father died last year in the war. And he alone admitted to killing atleast 17 people from the other side before he was shot – those people will surely be missed by their loved ones too.
I guess all is fair in love and war.
This is Besak’s side of the story–a descendant of Pefesa. I am sure they are many sides.
Disclaimer: This is based on a true story. The names and places were changed to protect the persons involved. Besak still lives in Dipra.
My conclusion: Which ever side of the story exists, the central dogma remains that no grudge or misunderstanding is worth human life. Cancelling out each other won’t bring a solution or equate our differences, but rather deepen and even infect an already painful cut.
Guys, I am super sorry for not putting this up on the first friday of this month. Life happened and if you’ve been following, you’d notice an inconsistency in my blogging schedule. That is because I have lesser time on my hands now. I think once a week hopefully on Wednesdays will work for me. I may drop a post here and there when ever I can. However, wednesday is official–ANTICIPATE!
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