A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer's memories and views of his years in upcountry Sierra Leone from 1968 to 1970
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Driving Birds Away at Harvest Time
Below our house and on the road (Dama Rd) heading toward Kenema Town was a rice swamp. It was my impression that the Mende preferred growing rice on the upland since swamps were damp and cold. However this swamp was used and as shown in this picture, as the rice was maturing birds would try and eat the rice. This photo shows a man, using a sling with stones, to scare the birds away. Taken in 1969.