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The Peacekeeper’s Wife explores lives torn by war. A war both far and near, strange and foreign, yet deep in the lives left behind.
When Issa was sent as one of the several thousand men to the peacekeeping mission in the Congo, Issa's newly wedded wife, Malika watched and waited in helpless horror as they became entangled in someone else’s war, a shared disaster of the world we are said to now live in. As Issa guarded the UN base, barring rebels from raping children, and patrolling borders of a ruined but still rich territory, back home in Segol, Malika felt the weight of separation, descending to a gradual but forceful emotional abyss. Fatimata, her mother-in-law, pained by the absence of a son, accused her of being a witch and sent her to Bintou, the marabout. The conflict between Malika and Fatimata escalated drawing fire from their mutual loneliness.
The Peacekeeper’s Wife captures the human catastrophe of wars in faraway lands, not through malnourished and raped children; but through the excruciating loss and loneliness of estranged families; serving as a metaphor for other kinds of wars fought by economic and political migrants burdened by separation from loved ones.
Author Details Kevin Eze was born in Nigeria where he began writing and learning the piano at the age of seven. He studied Literature and Philosophy at the Jesuit Faculty in the DR Congo and Sociology at the University of Paris XII, France. A student of Theology, his stories have appeared in the anthologies Writers Writing on Conflict and Wars in Africa (2011), Long Journeys (2013), the Commonwealth Non-fiction Anthology (2016) and in The Antigonish Review and Actu’elle. Kevin lives and writes in Senegal.