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As Mothers Of The Land
The Birth Of The Bougainville Women For Peace And Freedom
Bougainville is a matrilineal society where women are the custodians of the land, some with chiefly roles. women€™s participation as a group has advanced the peace process in Bougainville since their inclusion in the 1997 negotiations. Yet, without a permanent record, there will be no history of women€™s valuable contributions to peace. As Mothers of the Land tells the story of one of the deadliest crises of the last decades €” the Bougainville conflict €” and the peace process that followed, not through the eyes of politicians or military leaders, but through the personal accounts of Bougainville aboriginal women whose commitment and determination played a crucial part in the resolution of the conflict. this book tells the stories of women who had to flee their home and take to the jungle to escape violence. It tells the stories of women who lived on the run, giving birth in leaf shelters and caring for the frail and the elderly. It tells the stories of women who used traditional knowledge and self-reliance to rebuild community structures in the heart of the jungle. As Mothers of the Land is about women from all sides of the conflict who rose up against division and hatred and stood united in their determination to build a lasting peace. These personal accounts bring invaluable insights into the Bougainville conflict and peace process. They shed light on Bougainville women€™s unique contribution to the search for peace.
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