Thursday, July 31, 2008

Greetings From Kayonu Toe

Remember John Hummel, the local lawyer and Bend city councilor who abruptly resigned and launched a major career change? He's alive and well and blogging

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Remember John Hummel, the local lawyer and Bend city councilor who abruptly resigned and launched a major career change? He's alive and well and blogging in Liberia.

Hummel is working with the Carter Center, a global organization founded by former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, which (according to its website) is "committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering."

"Last week we went to Zwedru, which is a small town in the Southeast part of the country," Hummel writes in his most recent post. "It was a rough and bumpy 12 hour ride over very poorly maintained dirt roads. We were in Zwedru to conduct a training for 100 traditional leaders (Chiefs) in the region. The three day conference focused on the new rape and inheritance laws that were recently passed by the national government and the issue of trial by ordeal, which is a means of settling community disputes that is practiced by many traditional leaders. The discussion was lively and our presence was productive as many attendees thanked us for informing them about these new laws that they had never been informed of.

"The most exciting part of the conference was at the end when I was invited to the front by the Chiefs. They conducted a ceremony and gave me a traditional name, Kayonu Toe, which means Peace Hero."

Hummel didn't indicate whether the last part of his new name is pronounced as one syllable (as in a portion of the anatomy belonging to the foot) or two.

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