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Trust, Suspicion And Conflict In Miraa Trade Relations

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In this chapter the author conflates terms such as faith, trust and confidence in concentrating on factors leading those in the miraa trade to entrust miraa or money to others, whether one strictly speaking has faith, trust or confidence that in entrusting one will not be let down. The author also draws out transactions where trust in others is required. An occasion where one’s trust in someone is not let down is unlikely to be as dramatic as when trust is broken. In that case, suspicion often results. Suspicion festered in relations between some Meru and Somali to such a degree that the past decade in the trade has been noted for conflict. Latest reports from the Nyambenes suggest that relations between Meru producers and Somali exporters are now much better, but as the tension between them was such a major factor in the trade until recently.

Keywords: confidence; conflict; faith; Meru producers; miraa trade; Nyambenes; Somali; suspicion; trust



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