This is not Brussels or Moscow or Macon, Georgia

By: Sarah Price
I am about to finish reading The Poisonwood Bible for the first time. I think I would recommend it, although I really don’t know how much of it I would understand or be able to accept if I were not living here in Cameroon. I think a lot of it would horrify me if I hadn’t already seen much of what the book describes (the poverty and daily life of the Congolese people, or some of their beliefs and traditions that I am slowly but surely trying to understand). Modern day Cameroon is of course not exactly like the Congo in the 60s-80s, and my village, with a large main paved road riding right through it, is not the tiny hidden bush village of Kilanga that the Price (lovely yet terrifying coincidence of names there…) Family found themselves in. However, the observations of the Price girls resonate very much with my experience here, as does the incessant guilt and insecurity of being a white girl in a country that is still struggling with the aftermaths of colonialism and contact with the Western world. Continue reading This is not Brussels or Moscow or Macon, Georgia

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Bijoux

By: Tressa Thompson

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Bijoux

“Madame, something bad has happened.”

Mid-morning, I encounter my friend, Bijoux, with half a cup of palm wine in his hands and a look of mild disappointment on his face, like maybe his football team lost or he stepped in a mud puddle.

“What is it?” I inquire, half expecting the usual, playful guilt tripping of not calling to greet, or failing to bring bread from Bamenda.

“This. This morning.” Continue reading Bijoux

Success is a State of Mind

By: Mike Redmond

Ok, so let’s discuss success and failure from the perspective of a Peace Corps Volunteer. First of all, I’m a big believer that success is not a “black and white” definition – and neither is failure for that matter. Success can mean so many things to so many different people. I think the word success can too easily get tied up with two factors: achievement and money. When people back home ask me if my service has been successful so far, they mainly want to know what I have achieved, what my numbers were for this and how many people did this, and of course the next question always has to do with how much money I made, or how much money I got for something. Continue reading Success is a State of Mind

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