What it’s like where I live in Africa

The village in this article is about 6 hours from where I live, in a neighboring country.  It’s a little hotter and drier than mmm-BELLY-may land, but the situation is much the same.

Read the whole article or watch the video by clicking here.

HT: Ben Byerly’s blog

In Africa, One Family’s Struggle With the Global Food Crisis

Video
Ruth
Bamago, who lives in Burkina Faso, is like many African women, who aid
workers say suffer disproportionately in the global food crisis.




Washington Post Foreign Service

Sunday, July 20, 2008; 6:23 PM

LOUDA, Burkina Faso — All day, Ruth Bamogo hacked at the ground with
an iron hoe, trying to coax sorghum out of the hard, red dirt.

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Finally exhausted, with the temperature still over 90 degrees in the
dying afternoon light, Bamogo strapped her 4-year-old son onto her back
with a bright pink cloth and started the one-mile walk home.

But at the edge of the field, she suddenly started grabbing at
low-hanging tree leaves. She stripped branches bare, collecting the
coarse leaves with her bare hands.

A year ago, this tree was shade. But now, with even basic foods
suddenly too expensive to feed her six children, it is food. The leaves
taste awful, she said, but they are free — one small advantage of
living in the countryside.

Bamogo carried the leaves home on foot; her husband rode a bike.

She looked older than her 42 years. Her face and arms seemed far too
thin; she said she’s lost 10 to 20 pounds in the last year, because
there isn’t enough food for everyone, and she eats last.

“I don’t want my children to cry,” she said. “So I take care of them first.”

Women are suffering disproportionately in the world’s worst food
crisis in a generation, according to aid workers studying impacts in
developing nations.

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In this poor West African nation, as in much of the
developing world, women are responsible for feeding their families.
They grow, buy and cook food. But at mealtime, men and children eat
first and women eat whatever is left.

But when food suddenly becomes more expensive and scarcer, there is
less leftover. And aid workers said they are seeing that women are the
first to suffer.

Life for women in the capital, Ouagadougou, is harsher lately
because all their food comes from markets, where prices have risen
sharply. But in rural villages like this one, 60 miles north in the
countryside, the problem is also acute, but different.

Here, there are virtually no jobs, and women must feed their families — and themselves — with whatever the ground gives them.

Read the rest of the article here.  There are some interesting details in the written version that aren’t in the video.

Published by Nora McNamara

Lover of languages and linguistics. Besotted Auntie. Jesus follower. Sacred Harp singer.

2 thoughts on “What it’s like where I live in Africa

  1. nora, my dear, I love the new look – normally I read you from my google reader so it’s my first time actually here since the change… it’s lovely
    what a great time on Sunday! thank you for sharing and for opening our eyes to what life is like for you and your friends in Africa

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