Volunteer: Behzad Noubary
Contributions from Behzad Noubary
It wasn’t the drumming that woke me. This was, after all, “funeral season” in Burkina Faso. A period well after the harvest that this west African country of mostly subsistence farmers has the time and money to mourn the death – and celebrate the life – of those who passed away in the last year with all night drumming and dancing sessions. Having lived in this village in southeast Burkina as a Peace Corps volunteer for the past 20 months, I was used to going to bed to the rhythm of the dru...
Some things are universal – like children’s distaste for baths. Every evening Adama, the mother of the family with which I shared a courtyard, would try to convince Bintou, the family’s 3 year-old, to cooperate while an older sister gave her a bucket bath. Sometimes the promise of a photo would help.