Saturday, 17. February 2007

Long-distance mouse


These three young men from Burkina Faso are waving at their rescuers. They helped this tipped-over truck to get back on its wheels – with the assistance of a simple tractor and a long steel cable which had to be stretched over the Accra-Kumasi road. Too bad I was about 20 seconds late for a nice shot of this uplifting moment.

Everything about this truck was somehow oversized, as the exhausted though proud driver and his mates narrated. Their cargo trip had started in Ouagadougou three months earlier. It took them so long because their truck first suffered from a transmission trouble, followed by engine troubles, then dangerously loosening freight and finally broken tires. For the former, the three men had to wait in a northern Ghanaian village for several weeks until a mechanic finally arrived from their home country. [more]
kwame - 2007-11-06 11:59

Then, only a three hours’ drive away from the harbour near Accra, the overloaded articulator started swaying thanks to a gigantic pothole, and finally tipped over. The loaded cotton balls rolled out and could easily have killed a human being, as they claimed, because of their heavy weight. It took them two entire days to stow away the fright in a new truck.

Despite these excesses the three men were still able to appreciate smaller matters too. They told me about a mouse which had been on board with them. While they were hanging around at this accident scene for ten days, they occasionally saw their little travel companion whizzing through the damaged driver’s cab. Apparently the mouse had been living there even before the truck was imported from Italy.

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