Haves and Have Nots

2nd February 2019

Gambians are a warm and friendly people who go out of their way to welcome strangers into their hearts and homes. Our friends and colleagues at school were therefore genuinely shocked to learn that we have not yet been met by the landlady of the house we live in (a.k.a. the Wacky Warehouse) which the school rented for us before we arrived here. They informed us that she was obviously very “un-Gambian”!!

The Walled Fortress: huge gates behind which our landlady lives in solitary splendour
Typical African Compound: housing several bungalows where middle class families live
Bottom of the Food Chain: corrugated tin huts where the poor huddle together
Little kids from nearby slum dwellings live and play on the sandy lanes outside

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