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The Gambia

Jun 06, 2017

The Lights of Ramadan

2018-05-01T13:57:52-06:00

Ramadan is a big holidy. There are even special lights to help celebrate it at "the traffic light", the first traffic light in The Gambia, and the Africell headquarters. This was a nice outing on what was my last full night in The Gambia.

The Lights of Ramadan2018-05-01T13:57:52-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

The Slavery Museum in Albreda

2018-05-01T13:45:00-06:00

A short walk from where we landed in Juffureh (statue on the right) took us to the Slavery museum in Albreda. Sobering reminders of terrible inhumane treatment. http://afrotourism.com/attraction/juffureh-the-museum-of-slavery-albreda/

The Slavery Museum in Albreda2018-05-01T13:45:00-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

Kunta Kinteh Island

2018-05-01T13:45:25-06:00

This was the last holding space for many slaves before making the long journey to America as human cargo. This is a world heritage site and for good reason. But it could soon disappear because of rising seas and the resulting erosion. Much of the island and facilities are now gone. For more information go [...]

Kunta Kinteh Island2018-05-01T13:45:25-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

The Roots of Juffure, Gambia

2018-05-01T13:46:33-06:00

This is where Kunta Kinte is said to have been captured around 200 years ago. For more information see http://www.accessgambia.com/information/jufure-village.html

The Roots of Juffure, Gambia2018-05-01T13:46:33-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

The Gambia River

2018-05-01T13:47:44-06:00

The Gambia as a nation is literally shaped by the river from which it takes its name. Following the river to the sea, no wider than 48 Kilometers at any one point, the nation is a unique microcosm of river life. This spot is an hour or two upriver from the Atlantic Ocean. The river [...]

The Gambia River2018-05-01T13:47:44-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

Fish Stand

2018-05-01T13:48:34-06:00

Everyone was excited to find this fish stand on the side of the highway while driving back from the naming ceremony on Sunday. The fish would provide a great addition to the meal to break the fast on just the second day of Ramadan.

Fish Stand2018-05-01T13:48:34-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

Climate Change

2018-05-01T13:49:21-06:00

The relatively barren land on the left used to grow rice, like the land on the right, which is farther from the brackish Gambia river. As climate changes and oceans rise there will be less land for rice production and other negative effects. For more information on how "Putting America First" may hurt the most [...]

Climate Change2018-05-01T13:49:21-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

Food Production

2018-05-01T13:49:52-06:00

The upper picture is Bakary's Mother's family garden. I recognized the tomato plants, but not much else. They would have to water it to get this much to grow during the dry season. The lower picture is an irrigated plot, probably more commercial oriented. All plots have to be fenced in during the dry season. Animals [...]

Food Production2018-05-01T13:49:52-06:00
Jun 06, 2017

Farming on the side

2018-05-01T13:52:18-06:00

A cassava field that feeds an extended family and earns them some income too. Many people who work full time also farm to grow their own food and make some additional income on the side. Bakary grows groundnuts (peanuts). His friend here shows me his cassava field. He will wait to harvest the root until have [...]

Farming on the side2018-05-01T13:52:18-06:00
May 05, 2017

All Ready For The Ceremony

2018-05-01T13:52:15-06:00

The baby's head is shaved. She has been handed to the Imam. Everyone is ready to find out the name. Everyone but the chicken in the far background (the guy bending over is prepared to do the sacrifice at the utterance of the name). Prayers will be said first.

All Ready For The Ceremony2018-05-01T13:52:15-06:00