Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau

Ilha de Roxa

 

Roxa island – I reached the shores of this island five times a week. Some of the places I have visited include Inore, Ancutum and Ponta Barel. I saw a number of magnificent beaches but I found the villages most interesting. All very poor, without healthcare and running water. The inhabitants do not starve; they grow vegetables, raise chickens and pigs. As on the islands of the Bijagos archipelago, they are amicably disposed to visitors. What I found most amazing is a complete lack of interest in fishing despite perfect conditions. All the villages are situated deep inside the island, usually an hour’s march from the ocean.

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