During my visit at the Regional Hospital in Bamenda I saw a woman who gave me the reason to write this piece. Laying helplessly in her hospital bed, bruised all over and having a blood transfusion, she cursed her mate with her children for beating her up like a snake. Getting interested in the situation I tried to find out what is going on. The woman in bed ( Wanda) had been beaten by her mate (luwain) who got married to their husband 15 years after her victim. Her mate (Luwain) being the second wife according this assaulted woman (Wanda) has no right to any property of their late husband. This is because Luwain came after the assaulted woman (Wanda) had built the empire with her late husband therefore 'the intruder' in that family. The mate (luwain) on her part believes she came into that family as a solution to a problem; giving birth to a male child which she has done, as a result deserve all the man's propeties. The amazing part in all of this is both of them are legally married to their husband.

This got me really worried. How can women fight like this over what they can amicably resolve? Looking at this situation whose fault is it that they have to fight? Who actually has the right over the properties? Is a girl not a child? and many more.

After careful reflection I believe the answer lies in true sisterhood. This means living for and with a fellow woman in sincerity, objectivity, truth and having a personality void of being too emotional than reasonable. If these women were not too emotional, they would realise they are sisters and victims in the circumstance. In addition, if they were not living as rivals they would have made the man who brought them together guarantee their security and comfort since it is their legal right as married women. Furthermore this unresolve issue of who gets what from their late husband's properties can be settled within seconds should they let go of hatred, jealousy and rivalry.

I can go on and on but my interest is to remind every woman out there polygamy is a part of our community. This is practised legally and illegally (having a family, woman or children beside his legal family) by our men which means most women are victims. Uniting our forces as women in fighting to survive in such a milieu is a must for all. If we face the men who practise this in a united manner violence will surely be eradicated. Also only men who can manage two or more women will go in for polygamy.

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You have said it all Masalien. True sisterhood is the solution. For hatred and jealousy only breeds pain. Thank you for sharing this story. I wish wanda a speedy recovery. While hoping that they settle their problem amicably. The State Council is there to help them, they can take their problem there.

Thanks sis, for sharing.

Nakinti B. Nofuru2013 VOF CorrespondentReporter for Global Press InstituteBamenda - CameroonEmail: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org nakintin@yahoo.com

Thanks Nakinti for the proposal. I will try to talk to these women immediately wanda recovers. Hope they understand true sisterhood is the best.

Masalien's

Dear Masalien,

This is a painful story, and you have gone right to the most pressing problem, offering the most possible immediate solution; that of two women coming together, dropping the rivalry to find a workable, legal and fair solution for them both. How lucky for them that there is a chance to meet with you again. Good luck.

Tam

Thanks Tam for your concern on this issue. I believe with your support and many other women on this network I will be able to bring the change within my community and why not around it.

Masalien's