Thursday, January 27, 2011
Nobility and Poverty
São Tomé and Príncipe and the nearby country of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde). In the years following independence in 1975, circumstances and economics moved folks around a bit with a mixing of the two populations resulting in family and cultural ties. Both were Portuguese colonies and busy trading centers for African slaves. The horror of the slavery era left a difficult legacy.
Unemployment is 20+%, and around 30% of folks live in severe poverty.
This young lady (photo, left) is a street vendor in Cape Verde.
Want to see the world from a different viewpoint? Go see for yourself.