Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More Scenes

The women fascinate me as they carry things on their heads!
I've seen many of them turn their heads without a problem - and whatever they carry stays in place. 

 She is carrying a water bottle on her head! How does she do that?

 Not sure what this way - but it seemed interesting enough to take a photo!

 The bucket is full of water! Wouldn't that be heavy?

 Children carrying buckets of water. In some communities, the houses have no running water. They have to collect it in buckets and take it home!

 Kids playing!

 We asked if we could take her picture! She giggled and said yes! She is carrying sticks of wood!

 She was carrying the straw on her head, but took it off just before I snapped the picture.

 We just happened onto this pick-up truck that had crashed. It started to flame and people came running to put it out.

 The people tipped the truck upright after they'd called an ambulance. There were four young men seriously injured. One had his skull smashed in on one side, yet he was still walking around. We started putting the injured in our car because the ambulance was taking too long - but after we got one man in our car, the ambulance came. So he was able to get out, and the people were praising us in Zulu for trying to help. I hope the young men were okay!

 Not sure what this woman has in her basket on top of her head, but it looked heavy and like a lot of long twigs!

 On our drive back to Durban we encountered rain and fog as we drove to a higher elevation. It was still pretty scenery.

 Though many of the homes are humble, the landscape of South Africa is very beautiful.
We are learning about the family dynamics more and more. It's common that children go live with a grandmother or other relative while growing up if the mother is working. Lot's of children are raised by the grandmother, a cousin, and sometimes a friend. Often, father's have children with different mothers and are not around. There are members of the church, and some of our own missionaries, who are the only person in their family - no mother, no father, or grandparents. I especially worry about our missionaries that leave the mission to no home or family! 

 It's common to see animals along the sides, and in, the streets!

 These women were shy to have their photo taken.

A common tuck shop where they sell convenience store type items in most of the villages.

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