Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Pot of Frogs,0,7418229.story

Los Angeles Times
17 February 2008

A war on women

Ann Jones

[Beleaguered women in Sierra Leone's Kailahun District like to tell a story about a woman who was cooking frogs in a pot when rebels entered her village and informed her that they were there to save her from the government. The brave woman replied, "Then you must go to the capital. The government is not in my pot."]

Women in Kailahun District tell that story over and over, and they laugh every time. They are so proud of that lone, bold old woman who told off those rebel men. That's the spirit of survival, still alive in them -- though they must know that the rebels probably shot that old woman and ate her frogs.