instead of miXit

23 March 2011

The river is a source of life for all around here. Some kids came to fish near my camp yesterday (a one and a half hour walk from their village) to help feed their families. Althought the fish in the pools are small, a bowlful of them adds welcome protein to a standard fare of cornmeal porridge.

The boys use hooks baited with green crickets but the girls wade right in, using government-supplied mosquito nets to corner and scoop their catch. The fish are subsequently cleaned (the little ones merely squeezed to pop out the gut contents) and then boiled with salt.

 

 

 

Fishing can be a thorny issue

 

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