Trading

By: miktator

Jan 16 2010

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Category: Africa

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Malawi is a small country with a huge lake, but no connection to the sea. In Africa this is a severe economic disadvantage. All the imports and exports first have to be transported over thousands of kilometers through Mozambique or Tanzania. There is one rail connection crossing Mozambique in the North and connecting Malawi with the sea. One rail, hundreds of kilometers. This rail is of utmost importance not only for the people of Malawi but also for the Mozambiquans who live in the vast, underdeveloped and empty North of the country. The train passes by two, three times a week, stopping in every small village, so that the farmers can sell their vegetables and fruits. One bucket or bowl of fruits or vegetables is sold for one dollar. Sometimes the train stops, but there is no village. Still, people with buckets and bowls on their heads appear from nowhere and start trading. The train is their (only?) connection to the globalized world.

(Copyright by Michael Schilliger, 2009)

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