Victor Lenoir’s tomb. A French doctor who was a pioneer in women’s fertility. Notice the erection on the statue! Would see that in America I guess. The legend says his erection will help fertility so women come and rub it, some even sit on it.
Below, pictures from a Christmas party in a derelict military camp surrounded by rebels. I had just brought the booze and some high ranking officers for the day. The soldiers and their families or refugees didn’t wait for the evening. The situation looked surreal. The morning phone told me to avoid the southern area because the rebels were still active, 5km away…
No idea why that guy was so pleased with a women’s handbag…
According to a website I use a lot (www.oiseaux.net), there are 1146 present or migratory species of birds in Tanzania. Just a bit over 10000 in the world. It can keep you busy for a while to spot and identify all of them…
That rare beauty is an African scops-owl (petit-duc africain). A resident in our Ruaha River Camp in Ruaha nat’l park.
a fish eagle on the rise (pygargue à tête blanche).
A black-faced sandgrouse (ganga à face noire).
2 speckled-fronted weavers (sporopipe quadrillé, ces noms parfois…).
A lesser-striped swallow (hirondelle striée).
Pied kingfisher hovering and ready to dive on a fish in the Ruaha river.
Egyptian geese and goslings (oies égyptiennes et oisons). The first time I ever spotted such a family.
Are they really soldiers or just guys with weapons. Discipline and proper training seem a strange concept here… I have seen many times these soldiers refusing to obey their commanders, which implied some fighting to get them straight. In one case I was involved in the fighting. 50 soldiers, yes 50, had boarded my 13 seater and wouldn’t budge! So when the commander and some abiding soldiers invited me to help to remove the mutineers, I enjoyed the game, happily enjoyed a few kicks to relieve some piled up frustration..
Juba, the capital is dirty and not everybody has access to water. Those faucets are available here and there.
After a public appearance for women’s rights somewhere in the bush. Not sure the men were convinced…