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Land is something no one harvests.

Its been one year now, but i still smell the fresh pain, tears of pain anyone could shed.
I lost a village neighbour so i had to attend the burial far deep in the village. A married man left a widow and seven children. The burial was scheduled in the afternoon as its known in my country, all village and family members gathered as the body was being carried to the grave yard, the widow being accompanied by her best friend for a shoulder to lean then the family members shouted that he should not be buried in their father's land because he had no land of him self so he couldn't be lied in the same place with his father.
We all responded in grief but no crowd word could be heard. Later the family member commanded for body to be buried at the land mark of the plot but not the grave yard as all of us filled in tears.
In all this the widow was in tears and had nothing to say as she was a woman.Burrial ended and everyone had to leave leaving the widow and the seven children homeless as the family members threw her out the small house that her husband was gone forever.
Land is something we all find and leave when we die, you cannot occupy it to the end, however rich, we are all given 5x3ft deep not comparable to the land we deny they deny our beloved.


JaniceW's picture


Barbrah, you brought so many issues to the surface with your 250 words. It is amazing how land can be used to control people, to change one's circumstances from home ownership to homelessness in one day. It is used to manipulate and wield power over people yet as you said, in the end, we all have just 5x3ft. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Barbrah's picture

welcome Janice

Dear Janice,you are welcome,up to now i still remember all this in its original state,this land is something you cant go with,its neither eaten nor consumed,we just have to share it with others.

Sharese's picture

So much...

Barbrah- thank you for this account. It is truely amazing, as Janice said, how land can be used to control people. Even after death the right to be burried, placed in the land, is something that people try to control and use as power. The fact that families can be displaced from land because their father/husband is gone is heartbreaking. Thank you for shedding light on this. Hopefully one day it will be understood that the land is not for us but rather we are for and of the land and therefore must not wield our power over it but share it with each other.

Again, thank you!

Much Peace,


Barbrah's picture

welcome dear

Land was just created for all creatures,you cannot make yr own land,no one has aright to mistreat anyone on land,we all leave it as we found it.and then its replaced by others.

Mwierenga's picture

To rest

This is a very moving account of life by the description of a death. Powerlessness, poverty, control, and a friends' shoulder to cry on. I really felt how fragile one's place is - particularly if that status is lost (or never was had in the first place).

Today I was walking through an old graveyard in my town. A portion of that graveyard was sold many years ago and a gas station was built on that land. But under that ground were buried poor Chinese immigrants (mostly women) and residents of a mental hospital - graves that were not marked because the families did not have the money. I believe these people probably had similar stories to what you shared with us. (The story changes though because I think now they are trying to prepare a more respectful burial place for those people.)

Thank you for conveying what owning land can mean.

Barbrah's picture

Thank you too

yeah,land ownership is temporal never parmanent however wide you have.we are all on atrip.

olakitike's picture

Barbrah, there are so many

Barbrah, there are so many issues that arise in our short piece. It is tragic that these things still happen. I hope it changes soon. Thank yopu for sharing this touching story here

Barbrah's picture

Thanks dear

Thanks for reading this story,these crys and sounds still ring in my ears,its our task as women to fight for our rights.we should be heard and recognised in every society.
NB:Congraturations upon the award,we should always have the best.

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