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Shura Room

  • Flt. Lt. Gareth Davies
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


It was really quite easy to invite village elders,

people of significance or a workforce onto the base

and for me to generate discussion through the interpreters.

It was seen as something to look forward to,

which I'm very flattered about,

but in reality I'd created a dependency

which I needed to break and I needed for the village elders

to start making decisions on their own,

calling their own meetings, falling into their own routine,

and not to be dependent on me, so I built a Shura Room,

just a community room, really,

and then afforded them to call their meetings.

If there was something really important

they needed for them, they could invite me to the meetings

instead of me being the linchpin to those meetings

or shuras as they like to call them.

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