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After nearly 11 months without a spot of rain, the brick kilns in the desert south of Cairo are as dusty, harsh and unforgiving as ever. Today, I visited the kilns to see how young Egyptians are being trained and assessed to provide a service to the donkeys at the kilns, which will not only mean that more donkeys can be reached, but also that new donkey-related livelihoods are being built.
Tanzania turns out to be really quite big. The landscapes are big, distances are immense, the sky is vast and the forests of baobab trees are amongst the chunkiest I’ve ever seen. As I headed west from Dar es Salaam with the team from TAWESO (Tanzanian Animal Welfare Society), I had my nose pressed against the window like a child at a sweetshop.
Driving with all ears and eyes on the road, Livingstone Masija, the Programme Manager at ASPA (Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals) expertly navigated the many goats, donkeys, children and chickens that filled the dusty dirt track into the hills to the south of Arusha in Tanzania. I’ve spent the past couple of days with ASPA and our time in the office has been balanced with time in preventing wounds the local markets and wells where the team works so I can learn more about the welfare issues they face and meet some of the donkey owners they work with.