Thursday, 29 May 2008

Charcoal train

With no electricity or cooking gas in most of Monrovia, the majority of the population cook on charcoal fires, which are not unpleasant and give off very little smoke. The charcoal supply trade is massive, and each day many trucks and the Bong Mines Train (the only working train in Liberia) bring big sacks of charcoal into the city, for sale for $3 each. Then an army of hundreds of ladies, all over the city, split the big sacks up into little bags, for retail to the population. Photo of the Bong Mines train loaded high with charcoal, whilst ladies stand by waiting for it to be unloaded. Olly

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