Friday, March 28, 2014
In the place where I lived in LaGonave donkey's were an ever present part of the landscape. Their braying were the first sound I heard in the morning and often the last I heard before drifting to sleep. There were parking lots of donkeys with young boys watching them at the weekly market. It is estimated that there are 44 million donkeys being used for work and transportation world wide. There are at least 210,000 in rural Haiti. In areas where a donkey is a families only means of transportation, a woman must depend on walking long distances to get prenatal care. In the event of an emergency, the community must use a donkey to travel many miles for emergency care or find a motorcycle.