Thursday, March 31, 2011

Uíge: A Lagoa de Fetiço

On our way to a rural health post in Quitexe Municipality, we passed a lake. We pulled over and my colleague explained that this was the Lagoa de Fetiço, or Lake of Witchcraft, the Cursed Lake. He told this story:

A long time ago, a man entered a village in the middle of the night. He was covered in sores and dressed in rags. He went to each house asking for water. Everyone turned him away, except one family. He returned to the family that had given him water later in night and warned them that they should escape the village before morning because something bad was about to happen. The family ran away, and when they returned, there was a lake where the village had once been.

No one drinks the water from this lake. No one bathes there or fishes. Sometimes the lake grows and reaches the highway, not because of rain, but because of magic. It seems people are afraid of the lake, but the Sobas, village chiefs, also perform ceremonies there. The government has even paid its respects at the lake.

This story reminds me of stories you here sometimes about people turning away a beggar only to find out later the beggar was Jesus. They are similar as warnings to be kind to people, because you never know who they could turn out to be, except, in those stories the person just feels bad because they were unkind to Jesus, while in this story an entire village is engulfed in water.

Our New Home!

We moved out of the hotel and into our apartment about two weeks ago.

Tyree making dinner!

We get our internet through the cell phone company. We have a little device that we stick into the laptop which connects to a wireless system.

The view at sunset. If you look hard enough, you can see a little strip of the Atlantic Ocean from our window.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Health Promotion Materials in Kwanza Norte

Health promotion materials in N'dalatando and Golungo Alto in Kwanza Norte Province.
Left: promoting mosquito nets Right: promoting HIV testing during pregnancy

Left: promoting HIV testing during pregnancy Middle: HIV awareness

Malaria Prevention
Parachek Rapid Diagnostic Test which looks for p. falciparum (this test was positive) A flow chart of how to report a case of acute flaccid paralysis and how to test for polio A list of ways HIV is and is not transmitted. Unfortunately, this poster says "AIDS Virus" which doesn't make sense. It should say "HIV, the virus that causes AIDS."
Label on a box of polio vaccines

Kwanza Norte: On the Road

Images on the road to N'dalatando

I saw this animal/meat for sale on the side of the road as we neared N'dalatando. They told me it was called a secha. I think it is a duiker or something similar. Sorry if this is a little macabre, but looking at what people are selling for food can sometimes be a good way to see wildlife you wouldn't see otherwise.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kwanza Norte: N'dalatando

N'dalantando is the capital city of Kwanza Norte Province. I was very impressed by how beautiful this area of the country is. As you can see, it was rainy most of the time I was there, which made the hills misty and the air cool. This used to be an area of major coffee production. It was very refreshing to be out of Luanda.

This is funje, the staple dish in Angola. It is similar to xima, or nsima, except that it is partly made from mandioc flour instead of only maize.

The Botanical Gardens

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vintage Carnaval

Photos found here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Carnaval Angolano: O Desfile

Here are photos of the Carnaval Parade in Luanda on March 8th, 2011. There were different groups, mostly representing different neighborhoods in the city like Ilha, Maianga, Ingombota. It was a fun day in the city. I hope you enjoy our photos!