04.26.2011 - 04.26.2011
LOMÉ, TOGO, AFRICA
Lomé is the capital of Togo, a country that is 370 miles long and only 60 miles across at its widest point. Togo is bordered on the east by Benin and on the west by Ghana. The dancers that welcomed us at the dock are typical voodoo ceremony dancers.
At the fishing harbor the heavy boats are pulled ashore by the men and boys using one long rope.
Independence Square commemorates Togo’s break from France in 1960.
These kids are in an art class at an artisan’s village.
Little Angela sits patiently in her mom’s textile shop.
Many wood carvings have been turned out of this shop…
…but only one had red paint.
Kids learn to carry buckets of water on their heads at the age of four – it is a skill that remains useful as adults.
Moms and kids in the shade – we are very near the equator and also the Prime Meridian.
Togo’s history is long and colorful, encompassing forty different ethnic groups, belief in voodoo, fetish markets, remnants of colonialism, and the slave markets of the past. This is the Akodessewa Fetish Market, dedicated to the sale of ingredients which are used by traditional voodoo healers. We didn’t stay here long, and apparently we were spared the more grisly parts offerings!