|The road to Souza|
While we were in Cameroon in February, I finally traveled to "Abo," the region where my mother-in-law was born. Unfortunately we were not in her village in the northern part, but in Souza (Abo-Sud) to visit the cassava crop farm I wrote about in an earlier post
In Souza, we met Sita* Behle, who welcomed us with a big smile. Not knowing visitors were coming, she had not dressed up or anything, but that was the least of her worries! When I asked if I could take her picture, she readily agreed.
By the time we finished visiting the cassava crop farm, it was incredibly hot, and it was lunchtime.
|Souza's "green house"|
Sita Behle's house is the original "green" house--the exterior wall is covered with greenery, an unexpected sight. I was standing outside and realized that everyone else in my travel group (5 people in all) had entered the house, so I followed them inside.
Sita was in her kitchen, a traditional Cameroonian kitchen. The village doesn't have running water, not to mention electricity, stoves or refrigerators. I asked her, in Duala, which most Abo (Bankon) people speak, what was she cooking? She told me "Fufu--do you want some?" To which I answered, yes, most certainly, and we all ended up at her dining room table, eating freshly ground fufu (made from cassava), with a palm nut sauce with bits of dried fish in it. Palm wine was also brought, which helped the good mood even further.
|At the lunch table|
Sita sat with her husband of many years; they were joking and teasing each other. When we asked them since how many years they had been married, they laughed and said they couldn't recall!
|Fufu with yellow palm nut sauce|
|Young cassava plant|
We left their home, not only satiated but happy from the good cheer and the pride we encountered.
*"Sita" is derived from the English word "Sister" and is a respectful and familiar way to address a woman.
|Palm wine being poured|
|Sita Behle after visit, in new outfit|
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