Monday, July 18, 2016

Ongula village homestead

July 13, 2016 
Fast enough wifi to update is super hard to come by here! A few days ago, we were lucky enough to tour the ongula village before heading to kunene river lodge. This is a picture of the villager's storage for millet, which they use for everything. They make porridge with it, make flour by grinding it, make paper, baskets, and roofs with the dried leaves and also use it to feed livestock. 

This is an example of a sleeping hut 

The fence is built with bark. We also saw meeting places and the plants used for medicine since the villagers do not go to the hospital or Doctor. I asked when children move into their own huts and the answer was if a boy makes it to 6 and if a girl makes it to 12. The ifs surprised me. 

The people in the village wore modern dress. Some of the young people have left to study abroad. 
After our tour, we had a three hour drive or so. 
Hitchhiking is popular here, but we obviously don't participate. People look annoyed when you don't pick them up, but our rental car company warned us not to (not that we needed the warning). Also, children run out to the cars with open hands. Brendan read they may be expecting candy? It's pretty dangerous that children approach moving vehicles in this fashion, but Brendan is an exceptionally careful driver. We have to watch out for all sorts of other things too: animals and horse drawn wagons for instance. Many of the roads are gravel: some better than others!

As we drove to kunene, we saw many himba villages and people. It's best to do a google image search if you don't know what I'm talking about. We have ample opportunity for photographs, but I don't want to intrude on people's privacy. The himba are very live and let live. I feel sorry for them because the government of this region is essentially evicting them off this area come September, which seems unjust.

I'll update about kunene river next. 
<3 s 

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