80. Ronni (name changed), 12, sits at the entrance of her family house in a village in Western Highlands Province. When Ronni was ten she was raped by a man from the neighboring village. To escape any legal consequences, the perpetrator offered her parents a pig as compensation. The pig was accepted.
Two years after the rape, I visited Ronni’s place with UNICEF representatives. They had arranged in advance to interview Ronni’s mother but, when we arrived, the mother refused to talk. She said she had changed her mind about the interview and decided not to rake over old pains.
“We were paid for Ronni. Now we are friends with the family of the man who hurt my daughter. If they find out that you have asked us about that they may claim the compensation back.”