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... but had ruled like a dictator. He took power from his best friend in a coup d'état and now has 3/4 of the power in parliament while the opposition has only a fourth. He has ruled for 27 years by changing the constitution of Burkina to allow him to stay in power. His government has also allegedly tampered with votes from elections to give himself more power.
... was on strike. We played games and did some more laundry and hung around but it was cool to here the protests all day.
Wednesday, we crammed two days together, so in the morning we saw the mosque and the old neighbourhood which was cool and then the afternoon we hiked into a random jungle to see the sacred fish. In the jungle we watched a man sacrifice a poor chicken ...
Spent the morning visiting the museum.
Here we started to photograph inside and were then told no
photographs. It was a shame since some of the models and masks were
very good, in addition there were some photographs of some of them
from the colonial period. We also saw a couple of different houses
built on the grounds. Here we could take pictures as well as go
inside them. One was made from straw in an igloo shape. Inside this
Following the Tiebele village visit on Day 1, we were treated to villagers playing and dancing traditional dance. They even had yours truly up there trying it out - lots of enthusiasm, but not much coordination on my part, I'm afraid. The kids danced better than I did!
After lunch, our local guide - the chief's nephew - took us to see a gold mining operation in the area. Put aside any notions you have of western style gold mining, this is back-breaking ...
... children were indeed friendly all wanting to hold hands etc - although the influence of the tourism market was evident by the constant requests for gifts and money from us. We did also see the village chief in his house (after paying the required "local tax" - again the first village to ask for one) before later making our rendezvous only 1 hour late in Segou. After a free hour to wander around (including for me the search for beer as I had previously ran out and with New Years ...