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Subject: Re: Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all?

Wan Pipol
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Date Posted: Tue, Oct 17 2006, 11:11:39am
In reply to: Fr. Robert Plews Laka, SVD 's message, "Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all?" on Tue, Oct 17 2006, 01:56:55am

Father Laka,

A much appreciated view you've posted here. Sounds good to me for a discussion where I can employ my learnt knowledge and facts to suggest what can be best done to solve the ongoing "tribal conflicts" in Enga.

To me this sounds like a much bigger socia-project to get out there and tackle the said issue once and for all, taking into consideration the many obstacles and hinderances out there.

I believe a better way to do this would be do establish a pool of intelligence (human resource from Enga) with almost exactly the same sentiments shared and a single objective to get out there to get the job done.

The following is how i see this happening

1. - Register (or take a list of) interested individuals who are at least educated to a certain level where they can comprehend and meaningfully contribute to society. These individuals should have at least shared the same sentiment of the issue at hand, and are willing to stand by the one objective (to weed "tribal conflicts" once and for all).

2. Hold a meeting to gather the team (listed individuals) at a central place (POM) at a convinient time to brief them of the issue at hand, and what the team would like to achieve at the end of this mission. Losing time would be a big factor for many individuals, since no one is being paid here, so when the team gets to meet, the meeting should be anticipated to be more than just a brief. It should entail what obstacles, hinderances are out there. In the meeting also, you want to (A) identify which areas in Enga are very highly rated in tribal warefare (B) and what are the primary cause to these warefare. Also (C) a need to identify individuals who are involved in instigating tribal fights/conflicts in those identifed areas. One can never say the entire tribe decides unnanimously to go to war. It is a known fact, there is at least one or two individuals who stir up such within a clan or tribe. These individuals need to be identified. Of course, you cannot get to accomplish this identification process in that one meeting, but this can be an ongoing thing to fully understand who's behind each warring tribe.
(D) Evaluate howmuch resource and logistic is needed if you were to go to those sensitive areas to launch a campaign or so, and what it would take and how much time would be needed to visit and talk to people in those areas. Your primarily targetted people to talk to would be community leaders/ tribal elders, and those individual warriors who happen to instigate tribal warefare within their tribe.

At the end of this first and intensive meeting (say in POM) we want to task certain individuals to help to go out and do a bit of finding/research and analysis on the information/questions outlined above (A - D) You can schedule a minimum of a month period, or perhaps 2 months before a second gathering. A second gathering should be announced at the close of this meeting. And a better place to meet would be in Wabag, where all team members are to be expected, to report on their tasks.

Depending on who's being tasked with the findings/researches, and where they are located you want to establish small/incremental followup meetings to make sure that we're all on target with what needs to be done.

3 - A second meeting should be held at Wabag, say after the 2 months period (assuming a 2 months gap from the first meeting in POM). Here you put your findings together from individual team members. One of the next biggest things you want to discuss after the evaluation of the findings in this 2nd meeting is your next step into action. Again,... my idea (A)....

.... [ to be continued. I will continue with my next posting on what to do here. Your ideas are welcome too, for anyone wanting to share something ]...

Wan Pipol

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Fr. Robert Laka
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Date Posted: Tue, Oct 17 2006, 03:19:06pm

I acknowledge and appreciate your contributions Wan Pipol, thanks so much. Is there any other views worth sharing?

Fr. Robert P. Laka, SVD

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