In the prefecture Nzerekore, in the very south of Guinee, most people turn to traditional healing. Not only because this is what they have always done: also because the modern health care system offers little alternative. That is not per se a bad thing. When it comes to accessability, affordability and acceptability, the traditional healers score much better. Bonesetting and treatment of snake-bites are the most uncontested areas where they score better in quality of treatment. And when it comes to caring, as for people with mental illness, there is no doubt that one is better of in the tradtional domain. More to follow!
6 February is one of the 163 special days of the UN - but this issue deserves attention Nonetheless: the "International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation" This is not an issue that's far away (see this report on. A woman who mutilated her three-year-old daughter has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation ) and many are still fighting against it in African countries ( here is a report from MMI on this ).
C4C is working with partners in Nigeria, who agree with us that eradicate FGM and impact transition, a change in mindset and cultural beliefs must occur. In order to catalyze this process of change, we identify the most competent and daring agents of change, who have to deal with and reduce stigma when refusing FGM. In this way we stimulate intra-community dialogue, using theater to transform FGM related behavior on a large scale.
Mr. Rath Mony has been helping people in need for decades. He helped us tremendously in making films (like http://silentland.org/ ) and doing research in violence in Cambodia. He is now a team from Russia and that is a documentary that should not fail to meet minimum standards of ethics, double check, sound research and correct contextualization.
Rath Rott Mony was arrested in Thailand at the request of the Cambodian government last Friday evening https://nyti.ms/2Gdkdkc ).
He seems to be far from fair.
Let's hope that the positive flexibility that PM Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Their Sen recently showed ( https://bit.ly/2G7u7Ea ) can also apply to him. He meant no harm and did what he did best: helping people and trying to avoid conflict.
A call from Human Rigths Watc h Thailand: "Do not Return Cambodian Dissident" seems strange. Is Mony a dissident? Is the approach of HRW actually helping the case, or making it worse? Mony simply helped people who wanted to show some of the worst excesses that could lead to poverty. The documentary makers were quite unprofessional. That is on them. Not on Mony, or whom we can also say is the type or citizen that Cambodia should welcome back and support.
Culture 4 Change has been asked to participate in Ein transkulturelles Bühnen-Projekt in Drei Modules in Germany. C4C is in the process of developing a Theory of Change for this 3-year German project that aims to improve the living conditions in some neighborhoods or in other countries.
The project is based on two theories.
- The Third Space Theory, a postcolonial sociolinguistic theory of identity and community realized through language or education, or Homi K. Bhabha.
- T he Polyvagal Theory ; a neuroscientific theory developed by Stephen W. Porges that explains what happens in traumatic / stressful situations and which has many implications for the study of stress, emotion, and social behavior on a collective level.
This project, which will start in January 2019, will enable the population to find creative solutions that should lead to more social cohesion within their neighborhoods. One of the tasks of C4C will be conducting research during the implementation of the project. C4C also helps to find additional funding.