The Bohemian Experiment

From Town to Village in Zambia: A Photo Essay

Posted by beckert10 on October 28, 2009

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23 Responses to “From Town to Village in Zambia: A Photo Essay”

  1. jon said

    i think thins is terrible! how does everyone else feel!

    • beckert10 said

      What exactly do you find terrible Jon?

    • KyraRAe74 said

      yeah jon, what do you find terrible??

    • Ted said

      i thinks it si terrible too! everything’s looks so shitty and dusty! i hate africa

      • beckert10 said

        Well Ted, it is quite dusty, but to say a place is shitty that you have never even been to is a bit questionable.

      • Ethel said

        lol! Your comment isn’t so great. This is where people live. You’re criticizing someone’s home, country, way of life.

      • Jem said

        Hi Ted. Africa is a large continent with over 50 countries in it, including many with big cities where people sit in air conditioned offices and drive BMWs, Jags and Porsches. The scenery is pretty diverse too. From the Okavango Delta in Botswana to the beach islands of Mauritius and Madagascar to the Kalahari and Sahara deserts to the Gorilla filled mountains of Uganda, rain forests of the Congo, well the list goes on. Your comment is like me saying “I hate America. It’s always freezing cold.” (I sound ignorant don’t I) when in fact most of America isn’t.

  2. Pretty Project said

    Great pics! I was bitching about being at work today…now, I’m grateful to have an air-conditioned building with a cush chair to lounge in while I work for my solid salary that pays for my home and car. Thanks for the perspective!

    http://www.theprettyproject.com

  3. Geirvaldr said

    I being the adventurer that I am, find this fascinating. The photos are pretty cool too. I also am sitting in an office in a comfortable chair. I however hate it, would rather own my own business. The office is simply till I escape from college. Me and my girl will do many trip to remote places like this.

    Keep posting, love the photos.

    • beckert10 said

      Where do you go to school? Where have you adventured to?

      • rantingcynic said

        Well, I go to SFCC in washington (for now) working on my second degree, I have been everywhere in the US eccept the north eastern part of the country. (very north east. Also Parts of mexico, most of Canada, and Irland. That’s just the start. I have a ton of stories to tell, and that sort of what my blog started as. Planning a trip to Germany, and then Australia, and after that maybe Tibet.

  4. The photos talk by themselves. Nice.

  5. Dustin said

    Nice images, I was recently in Zambia– where were these images taken? I unfortunately did not have the opportunity to visit a small village. Thanks for sharing.

    • beckert10 said

      These images were taken from a number of places, starting at the border with Botswana and up past the Kariba Dam to the Kafue River. Where were you?

  6. A H said

    What does one notice when looking at the pics? The use of English – for whom? A shiny lock. Fancy vehicles. Nice bricks. Good bike. Not all trees cut, yet. Clean – no rubbish. Or other things? Many villages resemble each other.

  7. creezack said

    i think it shows how bad progress
    all its misig is a bank. world hunger is at its hights now and ppl have cars to help grow the economie wow sounds slippery

  8. Eli said

    Interesting comments…especially the ones which say…i am so appreciative of my air conditioned office etc…we all have seen these pictures before…much worse in fact…these pictures actually show a village which has reasonable living conditions…
    Do something positive. Donate to Aid or do as we do at PMB Group. Work with the Africans to help them to enrich themselves. Our products help people to communicate and therefore it gives people the opportunity to make money to help themselves and their families…if you can’t do that…donate to a charity of choice..every little bit helps

    • beckert10 said

      This was in fact a “rich” village by African standards. It had adequate food and even a tractor.
      All of these comments underscore a point I thought of often while traveling through Zambia: the Western view that such places need to develop…as if development is the answer to all of their problems. Now, I’m not implying they should not develop, but to me it is a bit delusional that attaining a western way of life should be the aim of all people. The villagers I met had enough to eat and reasonable lodging. They may not have had air conditioning…but so what? By and large they seemed happy, or at least no more unhappy than the western people I know. It’s a slippery slope…at what point are we trying to help and at what point are we imposing our own standards on them? It seems to me the biggest favor we could do for people in places like Africa is to teach them the pros and cons of development, because certainly unchecked development has led to ills such as global warming and pollution. Everyone does have the right to a better life…but one that is of their own choosing.

  9. i feel sad look this picture ,like i live in 15 th century.go on people get this contry up and two step ahead

  10. warlock6 said

    images are colourful and great but I did not find any difference between a town and village. sorry. or did you mean that it was a town before but became a village? then it is sad of course. well, Zambia – only this name can give an image of this country.

  11. “every little bit helps” – and many little bits do harm sometimes.

    Rather fight against protectionism in EU and USA against goods from Africa. Then they can sell products and it harvests to invest into local agriculture.
    In Cote d’ Ivoire a project was destroyed through food “donations”. Butchers and meathouses that were built up through the project and were then sufficient to even export meat to neighbouring countries were easily killed by a sudden wave of meat for free.

    And then: African Nations are in general rich ones. Just as long as we deal with their corrupt leaders like Omar Bongo the populace will stay poor.

    As for the rest: In Africa a house does not necessary have to be like one for colder countries. Air condition is a nice add, but once you have no windows it is quite fancy stuff eating loads of precious energy.
    The thing worrying them most are not visible to our eyes: Hunger, HIV, autocracy, gerontocracy, child-beating, pentecoastalism, witchcraft-perceptions that drive them into madness and so on.

  12. seminars said

    amazing work very good

  13. This one’s worth a thousand words. Well done.

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