National Geographic : 1980 Apr
Bath time comes from a bowl for two Bella children at Petoye, a village near Oursi. Parentsin this harsh region trea sure their youngsters. But only six in ten survive malnutrition,malaria,dysentery, and measles to reachage 5. Villagers take for granted such hardshipsas disease and famine. "This is Allah's wish," they phi losophize. "We'll wait and see." may buy the clothes; otherwise, the gar ments are sold in Gorom Gorom. Outside the village one day I pass a Fulani crouched before a dead cow, and his silent tears express better than words the distress that is in his heart. Yes, even those eagerly anticipated rains bring a share of despair for cattle weakened by drought sometimes succumb to pneumonia caused by the cold and dampness that follow the rain.