He did not Know the Community
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Short stories to illustrate the principles
Andreas was excited. He was going to his first community and starting his new job as community mobilizer.
“I want them to know I am their friend and partner,” he thought.
He went around to all the villagers he met, offering to shake hands with everyone he met. Men and women.
What he did not realize was that, in this conservative Islamic community, to offer to shake hands with a woman is seen as an insult to her purity, and a challenge to her husband. Andreas did not understand why the people were not so enthusiastic to see him as he was to see them. Although he was eventually able to get it straightened out, the people never forgot his first, insulting, days in their community,
Note: These stories are based on actual events. The names of people and places have been changed for the sake of anonymity.
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