In the short story "Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe, a family of five struggles to survive in the aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War. The father, Jonathan Iwegbu, is always hardworking, hopeful, and optimistic. He is happy that his wife and three out of his four children are still alive. He makes money by digging out the bicycle he buried and using it for a taxi service and then buying palm wine and opening a bar. His wife makes money by selling the breakfast snacks she cooks, and his children pick and sell mangoes.
Jonathan finds their old shack mostly intact and has it repaired with scraps. He obtains extra money for turning in a quantity of rebel money. Even after this is stolen, he maintains his optimism, and he and his wife and children get right back to work ensuring their survival and prosperity.
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