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Cat from Juffureh {The Gambia}

cats and goats
cat and goat
cat and goat

Have you read Alex Hailey's best selling autobiographical novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family or seen the TV mini-series based on the book?

When I was on a press trip in The Gambia, I did a boat trip dedicated to the enslavement of Alex Hailey's ancestor Kunta Kinteh. The cruise took me to the now abandoned St. Andrew's Island where the slaves used to live, to the slavery museum in Albreda, and to the nearby village of Juffureh where I met one of Kunta Kinteh's decendants.

Though millions of people know Kunta Kinteh as the main character of Roots, the inhabitants of his native village suffer from extreme poverty. Many don't know whether they'll have something to eat that day or not. If the passing tourists don't give some pocket money, chances are they won't.

This kitty welcomed me to Juffureh. The images here of animals and people gathering together on dusty roads is typical for The Gambia.

Disclaimer: My trip to The Gambia was sponsored by The Gambia Tourism Board, Bamboo Garden Hotel, and SN Brussels Airlines.

You can read my complete travel story with lots of pictures at The Roots Of Kunta Kinteh. It was quite the adventurous day, so be sure to check it out.

45 comments:

  1. Yes, this is a poor place. Sadly, they do not even have any grass. So I think you are a world traveler? How exciting! This kitty looks like she dipped her tail in ink. So cute she has a goat for a friend.

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  2. Those people literally live for tourists.

    That white cat is pretty. Reminds me of my Calvin.

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  3. What an experience! I visited your linked post. I've traveled inside Africa (I now live in South Africa), so I can understand how extreme the conditions must have been. Take care and thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  4. And they're probably so much more grateful a people than we who generally know where our next meal is coming from.

    Cute kitty, though. :D

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    1. They're lovely people! They will always want you to share their rice and domoda with you!

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    2. They're lovely people! They will always want you to share their rice and domoda with you!

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  5. Those critters look a little hungry too.

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  6. Yes, I read the book and saw the miniseries in the 70s. Very powerful. I think I read somewhere that they're going to remake that miniseries now?

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  7. Sad, very sad. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Aaaaw Poor kitty needs sum gwoceries too. Gweat fotos.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  9. Tous ces chats de par le monde ont des marquages de robe surprenants, plutôt différents de ceux que l'on voit en Europe.
    Il est très élégant ce chat malgré le décor plutôt sordide.
    Bonne soirée
    Nat à Chat

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  10. The cat is cool looking. Love the inky tail and hind paws.

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  11. a grate after noon two everee one in gambia .....♥♥♥♥ frum all oh uz in trout towne

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  12. Amazing captures - thanks for sharing!
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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  13. I hope the kitty is getting enough food. He is a very cute kitty.

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  14. Cute kitty - thanks or sharing his photo at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/02/signs-and-signposts.html

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  15. What a little cutie pie that kitty is. That must have been very powerful to visit Gambia.

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  16. Like Tamago I wondered if the cats are fed although I’m sure they catch enough mice.

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  17. At first I thought the one goat was standing on top of the other in that first pic.
    So sad to think such poverty - and that slavery! - still exists in this world. I do remember watching that mini series long ago
    poor kitties hungry too. :(

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  18. Both the goat and kitty look so thin. Poverty has such far-reaching effects.

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  19. Living in a place like the US, it can be very difficult to imagine the suffering that these people go through. Sometimes we all need a little reminder. The cat in these photos is very cute!

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  20. Wow! What an amazing and I'm sure heartbreaking trip. To retrace those steps -- wow. The pictures are lovely. Have a great week!
    :-)
    Traci

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  21. I think it is good for us to see photos like this because hopefully it reminds us how fortunately we really are, and to reach out and help others anytime and in any way we can. Love the cats and goats. :)

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  22. Beautiful kitty, living in a tough environment. What an amazing trip!

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  23. Sounds like a fantastic trip! ;-) Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    Co-Host OMHGWW

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  24. Love the little goats too :) I haven't read Hailey's book but I remember watching the show several (hem !) years ago.

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  25. Aww what a sweet kitty xo
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  26. I love the black color of the white cat's tail, cute!

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  27. What a beauty. ...hopefully balances out a small bit of the despair.

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  28. We feel bad for that kitty. He's probably hungry.

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  29. nice!
    follow to follow?
    http://defishencia.blogspot.ru/

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  30. Whenever I visit your blog I have an intense urge to pack by bags!
    Thanks for the great photos...

    Noodle and crew

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  31. Oh, such a sweetie !
    Het zien van je foto's benadrukken weer hoe dankbaar we hier moeten zijn ...
    Fijn weekend,
    Sylvia

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  32. I love kitties. Have a terrific weekend!

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  33. Great pictures. It's so sad the people's plight there. The animals too. It's a reminder of how easy we have it and how that is definitely not the case everywhere.

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  34. Beautiful cat. Kinda cool that he's hanging out with goats. It's sad that they're so poor there. At least your tourism helped them, even a little.

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  35. oh my, sooo cute. love your blog x

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  36. What an exciting trip...the history behind it. But heartbreaking to see their poverty, I'm sure. And then such a spot of beauty to appear in that little, precious kitty. Thanks for sharing!

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