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26 November, 2007 - Published 17:06 GMT

Dear BBC

Monday 26th November

Dak Marial Buot in Rumbek, Sudan, is keen to put forward his point of view about violence against women.

I am always happy to hear women's domestic violence highlighted in the world media. People must understand that women should share the same rights of freedom as men.

Many communities, especially in Africa, regard women as less important. This is a bad impression.

Today women are doing what men do. If we count the number of women in aviation, for example, they are there in great numbers. In hospitals they have roles that save lives. In the field of engineering, they are not left out.

Domestic violence against women should not be used by men to get them to do what the man wants. Let us view women as essential members of our society. Okay?

Friday 23rd November

Amartey in Accra, Ghana believes that the commonwealth has too strong a tie with colonialism

I would like to know what African countries in the commonwealth gain by remaining faithful members of the organisation.

Isn't it just a continuation of British colonial rule?

It used to be "our wealth" before the British arrived to our shores, then it became "a common wealth", so that they could take whatever they wanted from our continent. Despite this union we remain the "third world" and poor.

Thursday 22nd November

Daniel Bol Ateny Nyieth from Sudanese offers his congratulations to the President of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf

Well done for your commitment to the people of Somalia after appointing a new Prime Minister, Nur Hassan Hussein.

I hope the country will experience change, and the internal clashes in Mogadishu will immediately cease.

And to the new Prime Minister, welcome to your beautiful office and the serious issues that await you.

The world is watching and hoping that you will bring change in Somalia.

Please have the courage and try to execute your duties to establish peace and stability in Somalia and you will be blessed.

Tuesday 20th November

A Human Rights Watch investigation has found that the Nigerian police force are responsible for killing 8,000 Nigerians since the year 2000. Nnakaihe Friday in Nigeria has this response

I don't want to accept the popularly held belief that the police are the most corrupt institution in Nigeria, but what am I supposed to think when at a road block, after your car has been thoroughly searched and all the necessary documents surrendered, you are not allowed to continue your journey until something leaves your pocket?

Even with issued receipts for your goods you are still coerced into bribing your way out