Day 23 July 23 Ouagadougou to Ouahigouya return

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
Trip End Aug 08, 2009

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Flag of Burkina Faso  , Yatenga,
Thursday, July 23, 2009

We got up early today for our travels to Ouahigouya, Burkina's third largest city that is know for its vultures! Sanga’s father’s village is 15 minutes from the city that is located in a hot desolate part of Burkina.  We arrived at the village to find once again that most of the people were out working in the field.  We saw an older Aunt who was in a room laying on a bed with a few kids when we got there.  She got up right away and was most happy to see us.  She too told us that she wanted to come to Canada.  She even offered us some peanuts that we declined.  We told her that we had just eaten. 

We also met an old man who some are afraid of because they claim that he has powers and that he can use them to kill people.  The belief is that he can usewitchcraft.  When we arrived at his place, he too was laying down in bed.  It was very dark in his room and he put on a robe before he gently lowered himself off his bed and onto the floor.  He showed us a tensor bandage that was wrapped around his upper leg and hip.  He said that it was broken after he fell in a motor bike accident.  We chatted a bit, Sanga gave him some money and we left.  The few kids that were in the village followed us back to the vehicle and we opened the back and gave them some maple candies, a soccer and a basket ball along with some scribblers and Canadian pencils.  They were very pleased.  They also wanted all of our empty water bottles.  They actually squealed with delight to get them! 

This village is so poor.  The people have very little and the parched land does not provide for much of an existence.  Fields were quite bare and everything was in need of water.  The temperature today was almost unbearable.  We three were suffering in the heat while we met people that were actually working in the field.   The people that we were planning on meeting who were at a distant field were on their way home riding on their donkey cart!  They were very happy to see Sanga and visitors from Canada.  The kids look at us with such disbelief and interest.  Some of them are completely horrified as they cry and back away from us.  We have never felt so loved or frightened of in our lives.  Once again, we gave away more of the stuff that we brought, more Canadian pencils and water bottles, a skipping rope, more candies, etc.  We are trying to give away everything that we brought as we do not want to take any of it back home.

Even though people are poor and are some of the poorest in the world, they are still happy.  They smile and joke around with us and each other.  Life seems good for them and they are proud of what they have.  Things are simple; some of the things that matter to us seem inconsequential. 

We went back to town and Sanga called up a friend of his who we met at an outdoor café.  Sitting at the table, there was a strong smell of diesel fuel.  It was not at all appetizing!  Then we found out that they wash the tables with diesel fuel to keep the flies from crawling on the table.  We looked at a table where some people had been sitting and it was very covered in flies and ours wasn’t.  I guess it works, but it was quite awful!  There were also vultures flying around the outdoor restaurant.  We were glad to get back into the air-conditioned vehicle and to get on our way back to Ouaga where we both went to have cool refreshing showers.

Sanga went home too and came back showered and somewhat refreshed.  He said that there was a surprise for us.  We finally got to meet his girlfriend, Bibi.  She was sitting in the vehicle.  We all went out to an American restaurant called Appaloosa, where there were black guys dressed western with cowboy hats.  It was quite weird!
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