The Uncommon Man

May 20, 2008

MRI in Liberia: Walking the Walk

May 20, 2008: Walking the Walk

The day of the 20th ended with great blessings as buckets of rain poured down for several hours. Walking home my sandals got stuck ankle deep in the mud. I had to stick my hands into the mud and water to retrieve them, then walk home barefoot carrying my sandals. At 10 pm I said goodnight to Ballah after a few hours of catching up with the inspiring work taking place in Lofa County, one of the most rural areas of Liberia. The whole day was full of men and women sharing stories of the impact of the two-and three-day trainings the MAG/WAG's have participated in.

Our training day ended after meeting with the core GBV staff from each of the three counties and the National Coordinator. She and her team expressed their appreciation for learning about gender dialogue skills and how to hold each other accountable. The men and women shared their challenges with walking the walk in their own personal lives. They were magnificent in their vulnerability, and were excited to continue supporting each other on a regular basis.

It was great sitting outside in this open structure with the view of the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon and a fresh breeze cooling our skin. We decided to meet in our compound because the IRC is like Grand Central Station with cars, trucks and people moving at a furious pace and the noise from generators humming at deafening decibels.

In Peace,
James Arana

To read all Liberia entries in chronological order and to see photos from the trip, click here.

Posted by Malcolm Chu at May 20, 2008 11:47 AM


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