Posted by: bwoof | October 25, 2009

Geraboo boys

You never quite know what to believe, but today I heard a man speak who has just returned from four years of living in Burkina Faso, the place where Wes is going soon.

burkinafasoinafricaburkinafasocloseupHe claimed that the streets are full of young boys, begging for money that they are required to raise in order to satisfy an imam. The man said that the boys are brought to Ouagadougou, the capital, from remote villages and they are given very intense religious training, away from their families, perhaps never to return to them again. He said that people from his workplace often help the boys and that the needs are intense.

I have no idea if this story is true. But I did learn a new term: Geraboo Boys–that’s what they are called. Maybe Wes will be able to tell me later what’s really going on. The spelling is probably not correct so I can’t even Google to see if there’s info out there.

Grateful for:annette

  • Canada!
  • nice weather and roofing success
  • Fireside Cafe at Compass Point
  • wonderful childhood friends, Annette especially! As sad as I am, our memories are delightful and life-shaping.
  • Rattlesnake Point ‘hill’ where we all grew up together–I will write more about this place later, but for me, Annette is a huge part of that place

Curious about:

  • dementia and how it progresses

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