Joseph Dumbuya stands in the main room of Sierra Leone’s brand-new Peace Museum, surveying a large canvas painting of a war amputee and the blank space next to it, to be curated over the coming months. “We have to invest in peace,” he tells me.
Chher Cheng is the only female to sit as a Commune Councilor in her Cambodian village. Elected in 2002, Cheng ran in the first wave of local elections heralded by decentralization proponents as a key step in rebuilding village life by granting more autonomy from the national agenda emanating from the capital city of Phnom Penh.(1)
We sat around the breakfast table gently sweating along with our hosts in the early morning heat.
"Who will come to our town when the smokestack is making its toxic clouds, when the fish die off from the water pollution? How will we make our living then?" -- Gualeguaychú taxi driver
In the stillness of an autumn afternoon in Argentina, Anna and Oscar Bargas launch into their story across the table in an off-season hotel lobby. Organizers with the Gualeguaychú Citizens Environmental Assembly (ACAG), they had never been activists before, just regular participants in small town civic life.