A gold deposit has been found in a nearby mountain. No one from the exterior can mine it yet. The mountain belongs to different clans, now at war, and the government can’t reach any agreement with them. In the meantime, the tribe’s men seem to pick up gold as needed. One day, a warrior down from the city to help with the war, comes to me. He is a handsome man. His blue-jeans and muscled torso give him a very modern look, save for the bow and arrows slung over his shoulder. Arriving near me, he reaches in his pocket and produces a handful of big gold nuggets. I think to myself that, perhaps, I should go there too, my project badly needs the funding !
We can see fires rising in the mountains, men are plundering and burning houses. “If they come this way to burn our house, you run! ” Lus told me before going to bed. In reality, I don’t think I have slept at all when in Pitapaya. We slept, ate and lived with three little pigs. Only two doctors knew of my whereabouts and at the time, I was unaware of the real dangers I faced. Luckily, I am and have always felt safe when with a family.
We want to know: Do tribal wars still exist between the700 ethnic groups ? What happen to the mountain where the gold mine was discovered? What happen to the six tribes who shared ownership of that land? What is the price of a wife today?