Monday, March 5, 2007
so things have been resolved with this land dispute. Although it has now been more than a week since we first hoped to meet with the chief, it has finally happened this morning. Chief Ali Marah is quite a young man. maybe in his 30's. We met with many members of CES/SIT and the new school board as well as representatives from the Loma Secondary school board. The first thing the chief said was that he was 'disappointed' in the Loma principals actions. "I done vex by you!" Both JK Sesay and Francis the Loma principal had a chance to speak. My Krio is now good enough that I followed the entire discussion, although I didn't contribute. Basically what the cheif said is, "it doesn't matter where the stakes are or what drawing says what. I am the chief and the custodian of the land and I whatever I say is the way its going to be." And so it is! We will stake out the property lines tomorrow and begin laying out the building (now a week and a half later). But we are all very happy and satisfied with the outcome. After all the rains are coming and we have to get going.