Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fishing villages

Poverty is everywhere in Congo and the fishing villages are certainly no exception. These dwellings are where some of the fishermen (les pecheurs) and their families live. Most of the structures do not appear strong enough to withstand a strong wind, let alone the weight of a person. I am quite sure if Henry or I ever climbed up onto one of these houses, we would certainly plummet straight through the floor.

It is the rainy season now and the storms can be very powerful. I asked how these people can possibly stay dry and sadly, the answer is: they don't. They get wet. Yet another jarring example of how things are here. We visited one of the villages recently (more on that later) and hope to bring them some things when we return soon.


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