Video Documentary - VOF 5

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Posted April 7, 2012 from Cameroon

Post-Conflict reconstruction: The Bafanji women tell it all - When it began, the aftermath challenge and how they contributed to the reconstruction and rebuilding of village post-conflict.

"This has been the worst experience in my life" say Ma Juliiete.

Not something any human should ever wish for-Ma Geraldine said

Since after the war, the women say - it has not been easy for them, especially to meet up with their living expenses and to pay their children fees. It's worth noting that some of the women lost their husbands during the war, while other got injured and became handicapped, coupled with some of the men's old age - the women have now become the sole breadwinner of the family

In this little documentary piece, my targeted audience ranges from policy markers to activists and government officials and the general public. For these women story need to be told. So that urgent actions (measures) can be taken to ensure that these women (affected victims/family) re-gain their lives back. The children whose education was suspended can continue their education. And most importantly, to pressure the government to make facilities for an early warning system to help prevent forthcoming violent conflict in Bafanji.

I hope this video would serve as a beginning for a common good for the Bafanji people and the women especially.

Link: VOF 5:Bafanji women share their experience during the War.

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.Voices of Our Future 2012 Assignments: Multimedia

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noreens
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012

You finished the assignment so quickly, Zo!! I just took a look at it...........good job!!

Noreen

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Thank you dear sister.

Usha K.C.
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012

It's wonderful,touching experience you have shared here.

congrats.

hugs

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Hello dear sister - you know how much i appreciate your support. I love your energy. Thanks

Okeny-Lucia
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Hi Zo, It could not be said better than by video.What a story? Congrats!

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

It couldnt be said better than the video. I very sad about their situation. especially for the women whose husband cant physically and financially support them through these difficult moment. Just like one of the lady said, we pray for NEVER of such a happening. And do you know that up till date, perpetrators of the crime haven't been punished.

mrbeckbeck
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Zi'woh, great work on this! It's so powerful to hear from the women directly and see their surroundings. I have a couple of comments/suggestions for you.

1- At the beginning the transitions between the images/scenes go very quickly and abruptly, there's not much time to read the subtitles or feel connected. The first 30 seconds are very important for getting your audiences attention and explaining the issue.

2- Sometimes the subtitles are difficult to read because of the color. You could try a different color, maybe blue to contrast with the images and stand out better.

3- Personally I would like to see more context about how this conflict came to be. Also, it would be good to know about solutions that are in place to avoid these conflicts in the future... are women and men working together between these groups now? Is the dispute all settled? I feel concerned about these women and want to know what is happening now.

Also, as a reminder, when you have your final version of the assignment (even if it's this piece) you will need to post it in your personal journal instead of the group.

I hope that's helpful! My comments are only meant to help you make an impact, and not to criticize your hard work. I'm really impressed at what you've done so far! If you want more help, please reach out to the volunteer team--they're eager to help everyone and have a lot of experience!

Best wishes, Scott

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012

Many thanks. I always appreciate your remark.

Well, as far as I know nothing is been put in place to prevent this from happening again. Just when this occured in 1998, the chief pepetrator was sued and till date, nothing has been done to bring the pepetrators to justice. That time, news announced that he was sentenced to save quite a number of years in jail, but just weeks later- this guy regain his freedom back. And this is because (from what i heard) these persons (pepetrators) for one reason or the other are connected to the power that be.

The women have been the ones working towards bringing change in their community. They led the reconstruction project by rebuilding their burned homes.

The cause to this violent intertribal war is over land. Land crapping as the people of bali-kumbat claim that the land occupied by the bafanji is theirs. [this i hightlighted below my literature description]

Once more, many thanks Scott.

alicegray
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012

This is an important story to tell and I liked being able to hear directly from the women about how it affected them. It made me want to know more about their lives and how they are helping each other to rebuild.