Sunday, March 2, 2008

March 2007 - Longuido Masaii Village

A year ago today I was recovering from lung surgery and making last minute preparations to go to Africa. I had dreamed about going on an African safari most of my life and I wasn’t about to let a little thing like a cancer tumor stand in my way!

One of our first adventures in Tanzania was visiting a Masaii village a few hours outside of Arusha. The people there live very primitive lives, in dung huts without electricity or running water. I was fascinated by their culture and way of life, but was reminded of how fortunate we are to have the conveniences and opportunities we do in North America.

The curious little girl in the picture came right up to me and took my hand. It’s sad to know that her life is pretty much decided for her: when she is a teenager she will be subjected to female circumcision and married off to an older man who probably will have many other wives. She will build a dung hut for herself (which her husband will visit when he feels like it), take care of the children, haul water for drinking and washing, and cook the food her husband provides.

By then, she will have long forgotten the white lady from Canada who visited her village. But it will be a very long time before I forget the feeling of her tiny hand in mine, and the brief visit I made to a world very different from my own.

3 comments:

LolaBloom said...

Hi Chrisine, Came to you by way of the Blog group on the CSL website. Awesome blog! Take care!

Jill said...

Hi Chris,
It's awesome the way you are living your life instead of living your cancer. You are an inspiration! Love your blog. Take care of yourself!

Michelle J said...

Hiya Christine, terrific blog, i love your pictures!!! So, now you know your mom is not the only reader here!!! :O)
Michelle