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Photo Samples, West Africa 3

Guinee-Bissau, Guinee and Sierra Leona

 

The south-west corner of West Africa, from southern Senegal to Sierra Leone and perhaps Liberia is likely to be the least-visited part of the, still, not too visited part of the continent. No "real highlights", lots of bureaucracy and severe corruption certainly make the region a less popular place than India, however, if you like chaos and markets, there is no better place on the planet. In particular Dalaba of Guinee and (even better) Kabala of Sierra Leone both belong to the most colourful places I've ever been to. The markets are really fantastic.

For photos of the southern countries of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Togo, see West Africa 2, and the stretch from coastal Mauritania, Cape Verde and Senegal to Mali and Burkina Faso is in part 1. All photos are, as usual  Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my written permission.

The ruined former presidental palace of Bissau, Guinee-Bissau. The palace was destroyed during the recent civil war.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Independence pillar in front of the palace above; Bissau, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Young boy in the outskirts of Bissau, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Laundry; Bissau, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Mangrove swamp; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Passing the time in Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Very local gas station; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious boy "playing" a grass straw; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Weaver bird nests; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Sunrise in the mangrove inlet; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local guy showing one of my fine barracudas; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Main street of Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau, definitely one of the nicest places in the region to while away a few days.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Playing 10 x 10 checkers; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

School kids; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Canoe; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheeky boy at the market of Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local worker; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The local weirdo of Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau. He dressed up in ladies clothing, wore a diving mask and various other funny stuff, however, he was perfectly sensible and not at all "crazy". Just a colourful guy, I guess.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious girl; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hard-fighting jack caught off the coast of Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The catch of the day being distributed among the local people; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheaning the yams roots somewhere in between Bissau and Gabu, eastern Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

"Snap my photo!" I did - somewhere in between Bissau and Gabu, eastern Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Small boy in a wheel barrow; between Bissau and Gabu, eastern Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Market stall; Gabu, eastern Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Pouring the sauce; Gabu, eastern Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Nice to know that you are in safe hands if your teeth should start to hurt; Gabu, eastern Guinee-Bissau.  Claus Qvist Jessen

One of the few straight pieces of road in northern Guinee. Most sections are truly horrible - most likely the worst road I've ever done, and that's a lot!  Claus Qvist Jessen

Overload doesn't seem to be an issue in northern Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Water seller; Labe, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hard-boiled eggs, sir? Labe, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Close shave; Labe, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The hilly Dalaba region of central Guinee; one of the most beautiful parts of the country.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Like here - Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Bumpy dust road, a very common sight around Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Carrying the firewood home; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Downtown Dalaba, central Guinee, a very cosy and friendly town with no tourists and very little hassle.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Making cement "stones"; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Like everywhere in West Africa, women tend to carry everything on their heads; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Home cooking; Dalaba, central Guinee. The greenish colour is kassawa leaves, a local delicacy.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Two kids playing in a used suitcase; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The Sunday market in Dalaba, central Guinee, is one of the highlights of West Africa. Very lively and very colourful.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hungry baby and happy mother; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Time for chatting; Dalaba Sunday market, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Firewood on it's way towards a new home; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Never seen a white man before? Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

A car is never full! This Peugeot 405 station car had  - including the driver - 12 grown-ups and one child. Four in each of the three rows and the baby in the middle; Dalaba, central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Chicken transport; central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Roadside kitchen; central Guinee.  Claus Qvist Jessen

In Sierra Leone, gasoline is often sold by the liter - one at a time; the customers being mostly motorbike owners.  Claus Qvist Jessen

    

Rock cutters; Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Chameleon; Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Very manual gas station; Waterloo Bus Station, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

As said above, overload is never an issue - it's more a question of volume; Waterloo Bus Station, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Barbeque; Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Another street vendor; Waterloo Bus Station, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Young chimp at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Like anywhere in the region, protecting the environment is no big issue, here at Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone. Most of the garbage is old clothes.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful boat on a garbage hill; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Another boat; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hungry? Woman on the beach outside Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Small canoes Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local boys posing; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Big women, big discussions; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling lemons; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful shop; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Onions and flour for sale; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Ice cream parlour; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Oooooh - dangerous white man. Better stay safe; Tombo Village, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Not many people know it, but the original beach of the Bounty advertisements of the 80'ies were from the Western Peninsula of Sierra Leone, here Black Johnson.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Feeding the chickens; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local cooking; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Slices of barracuda made ready for the big dinner; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Collecting palm wine; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

African wildlife, here a  spider, probably only 5 cms from toe to toe; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Catch of the day (by me!); Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

A nice, 7-8 kg grouper, caught by trolling; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Busy beach, right after the fisherman have unloaded their catch; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Tokeh Beach, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Sorting the fish; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Watching the grown-ups working; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Manchester United still seems to be one of the most popular football clubs on the planet, the only real competitor being Barcelona; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

5th grade school girls; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Pre-school kids; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Very small shop; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Enjoying life after the fishing trip; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Very African cradle; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Collecting the dried rice into the bowl; Tokeh, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Doing the laundry; Bumbuna region, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

HIV/AIDS is an immense problem in all of Africa, and campaigns are frequently launched to stop the spreading; Bumbuna region, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Towards the Bumbuna Dam on a "motorcycle taxi"; Bumbuna region, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Traditional village; Bumbuna region, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Grandma' with a couple of goats; Bumbuna region, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Palm wine being transported home; Bumbuna region, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The road leading to the Bumbuna Dam of Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, true to African bureaucracy, a foreigner needs a permit which can only be obtained in Freetown, 3 hours away in each direction. Silly!  Claus Qvist Jessen

Coconuts for sale; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Diamonds are still the mainstay of the Sierra Leonean economy, here shown by a diamond trader of Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Clothings for sale; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Barbershop; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Open-air, stereo shop with a few loud-speakers on sale; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Pushing the wheel-cart; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Cooking; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy girl posing in front of the camera. Note the doll tied at her back, just like the tradition of most of Africa; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Funny school girls; Makeni, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The Presidential guard somewhere in between Makeni and Kabala, central Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Main street; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone, one of the most pleasant and entertaining towns in all of the country.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Motorcycle taxis waiting for customers; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone. Note the jackets - the climate is pleasantly cool.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Side street; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Filling sugar into small platic bags, a true Third-World sign; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Bead seller; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Loading the car; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

As African as it gets! A bucket on the head and a chicken in the arms :o) Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy and slightly shy girls; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The vegetable shop; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Lady selling oil lamps. They actully work! Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Typical red dust road; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Alternative shopping cart; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Representing the spirits of some ancestor, this guy walked in front of a parade including the presidential cars; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Doing the hair; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Cool lady; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Pouring oil into small plastic bags; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The firewood shop; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

More firewood; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Grinding peanuts into a mash. Most West African cooking includes lots of peanuts - definitely a local flavour; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Yummy! Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Barbershop; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

"Booooh!" Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Market cooking; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

A smith turning scrap iropn into small stoves; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

A true African invention: The scrap iron toy car; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

French-style baguettes - delicious; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local plastic shop; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Repairing a radio; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy girls; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Young woman with a curious kid, both attending the annual agricultural fair of Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Dancer at the agricultural fair of Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

More dancers; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Woma displaying some of her produce at the agricultural fair of Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

At the fair, each village seems to have some sort of "local uniform"; Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

African sunset at Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.  Claus Qvist Jessen

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