....Baobab trees are multi-functional. They are native to many parts of Africa, Madagascar and North-western Australia and they are immense. Almost every part of the tree is used in one way or another. In the village of Toumbou-Ba the baobab is seen as a protector. A person under or inside the tree cannot be hit or abused by another. On the other hand, in Australia there is a baobab called the Prison Tree and it still has bolts and studs from its service as a prison. 

Sometimes it feels the same way with restorative justice…perhaps not quite that sharp a contrast but there are certainly times when processes referred to as restorative justice feel abit more confining than those of us who work in the field have thought about it.

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