Afriku – July 2, 2015

along the Logone
when Lai was just a village
moon light lit the night

Way back in the 70s I lived in a small village in the Tandjilé region of Southern Chad.  We were there as part of a project to create canals for rice paddies.  The village, for it was really just around a 100 huts, two Christian missions (one Catholic and one Evangelical), a Soviet Health Care Centre run by a Russian couple and a small bazar owned by a Nigerian, seems to have grown around the rice project.

Looking up Lai today, because I’d forgotten the name of the river that flows past the town, I discovered that it’s now the capital of Tandjilé and has an airport and a population as of 2008 of 20,428!

When I think of Lai, I always remember the ferry service, which connected Lai to Mondou (the largest city nearest Lai at the time) and was it ever a precarious thing – little more than a robust raft with heavy ropes holding it between the two banks of the river. Now I wonder if it too has also evolved .. at the time at least three vehicles a day passed over the Logone on that ferry. Or perhaps they’ve since built a bridge.

passing time
a ferry-boat to the future
Lai on the Logone

© G.s.k. ‘15

The desert is constantly growing in Northern Africa eating up land and evaporating the water resources … what was once one of the largest lakes not only in Africa but in the world has been slowly drying up – the encroachment of the desert has many reasons behind it and it’s a very complex problem to face and solve …


Carpe Diem Special #154 Afriku, haiku from Africa, an idea of Adjei Agyei Baah. “Stones”

shoreline pebbles…
a reminder of how far
we have come

daddy’s delicacy
taking stones out of gizzard

stone temple
leftover boulders
add to reverence

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, Kumasi, Ghana
Poetry Foundation Ghana

12 thoughts on “Afriku – July 2, 2015

  1. Bastet, your life has been filled with such variety. So grateful that you are willing to share so others can expand our understanding. Excellent post for the challenge.


    • Thanks so much Janice … yes, I’ve been fortunate and I do realize that, though sometimes I live some of my memories as a misfortune. Travelling all the time can make one feel lonely at times and makes one envy those who live and love in one place. 😉


  2. I remember the first time I had visited my in-laws in Arizona. While Phoenix was even a big city then… in just ten years the increase of people and the loss of natural land was amazing. In that instance though the climate change is partly due to the non-native plants brought in by those that miss the green and all the added private swimming pools.

    I’m guessing you saw my paper crane that I made – that photo was taken by one of my children)? Or was it the nest with the eggs? I forget what pops up with which. The green you see with my avatar her is really a bouquet of spring silver maple seeds – I took the photos of the nest and seeds. 🙂


    • I saw the nest of eggs …

      I’m not surprised by what you tell me of Phoenix … I was just commenting with MJ on her Boeing 767 poem how we change the world without thinking of the consequences – leaving disaster in our wake.

      Here’s yet another example like with Lake Chad drying up for example. One of the reasons, besides climate change and drought (or maybe the change and drought have the same origin?) is that it is fed principally by the Logone and Sarh rivers which have been manipulated by the Southern Chad Irrigation Project born over 30 years ago and projected without taking into consideration the long term consequences of the deviation, damming and over usage of those rivers …

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      • Everyone tends to see the immediate need and doesn’t look well say ten years or ten feet in front of them.

        Much like the ‘dust bowl’ era of the states.

        I remember reading about tribes (and it doesn’t matter from where) about men pissing in the stream that women were washing clothing in. So it must be human shortsightedness.

        And then one reads of the ancients who made aqueducts (the remains of which still stand) that brought water from miles away…


          • And yet the earth has it’s natural cycles too. Not everything can be blamed on humans… though quite a bit can. Here’s to hoping our grandchildren’s children still have a good clean place to live.


          • Of course not everything that happens on the Earth is human making … but I think perhaps as with any ecological imbalance when one species over-runs a territory there’s going to be consequences. We’ve now got a human population of over 7 billion people with the population constantly growing.

            So take into consideration the earth’s natural cycles plus what we ourselves are doing to the planet and the picture isn’t very bright. Let hope that we decide to do more than just hope for our grandchildren’s future.


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