Monday, March 19, 2012

Still traveling in Tanzania

Roger is still traveling through Tanzania and hasn't had much internet access, but he sent me some pictures this week that gives us all a glimpse into life in this part of Africa.

Huh?  Any tries on how to pronounce this?

Little girl by a typical house
Veggies for sale
Woman at a communal water well
Traveling Salesman


Maasi Herder

Radial tire sandals
The following pictures are disturbing because they show illegal miners digging for gold.  It's not disturbing because they are illegal, but because of the really unsafe practices of using arsenic and other poisons to extract gold.  As you can imagine, there are no masks, gloves or other safety precautions taken.

Illegal miners

Women hard at work
Below:  these illegal miners were taking the gold to a small mill where it is crushed.  They ran mercury through the concentrate with their bare hands so it would pick up the gold. They wouldn't  let Roger take pictures at the mill.  Glad he listened to them.
Gold ore going to a small mill
Roger is scheduled to come back to Calgary on March 31st.  Still waiting to see where he goes, but as the days get warmer and the snow disappears, we know we can always head to Idaho!

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.        Martha Graham

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