Passing the line of trucks at the border
Someone building a home of mud
I never get tired of seeing just how much people can get on their bikes. They push their bikes for miles, coming from small villages with charcoal to sell at the larger cities.
I also never tire of seeing how much they can get on trucks. It is no wonder you see them broke down on the highway everywhere!
This is the view coming back into Lubumbashi: the large mound of mining tailings from a factory not far from where the Mission home sits.
Every bike has a stick attached somewhere so that they can brace their bike and rest, without having it fall over.
What can one say?
You will see bricks, and brick ovens everywhere. Almost all buildings are built of the same material.
Many find other ways to live, such as this small home made of orange plastic.
This is one of the many brick kilns around. This one uses wood instead of charcoal for fuel to heat the bricks.
Local gas station and repair shop…
We passed this accident, and asked if anyone was hurt, but everyone was OK, so we continued on.
We followed this van for a while–the top mattress fell off and hit our truck. We stopped to make sure they knew their loss and could get it tied back on their van.
We stopped for a minute to get some water and saw these children. Emanuel went over to give them some candy we had. They were quite excited!
For some reason they put up signs before each and every little village on the way to Kasumbalesa… have not seen this before. Must have been some NGO grant or something?
Many of the fields are now getting dug-up to plant crops, now that the rainy season has begun. We even saw a few fields that had obviously used a tractor to plow the field!
Notice the many mounds of dirt, most with a tree on top? It is what they use for making bricks. The earth is different there, and down about 20-30 feet, and much better for making bricks… no one knows how or why the mounds are there–they just say that God put them their so they could use them for bricks!
Love this sign: not ‘wide load’ but ‘abnormal’ !