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.