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An Intruder in the Bush

An Intruder in the Bush

One of my favorite parts of living here is that an average day can be taking a motorcycle deep into the bush. It will go from pavement to a well graveled path suitable for a car to a path only used by a moto. No electricity. No running water. And this little boy thinks I am the strangest thing. What am I doing in his village?

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Moto Man Monday: Alfred

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Name: Alfred, President of the local Moto Man Union**

City: Tombel

“Tell me about your wife.”

“Our being together was natural. Why? Because she is very tall and I am a short man so we balance eachother. We’ve been married for 15 years now.”

**Alfred is a special Moto Man because he is also the leader of a union of 300 moto men in the region. He told me that men who formally sign up to be part of the union get some very needed services in the area. If a man goes to the hospital, then the union pays the hospital fees. If a man is stuck somewhere, the other members have a responsibility to stop and help them. In the event of death, the union gives the family money to help the grieving family.

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