Day 23 July 23 Ouagadougou to Ouahigouya return
Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
39Trip End Aug 08, 2009
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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
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!