Machete Sunday, Ikom Town, Cross River State, Nigeria, 2012
This was the moment when I really realised just how pampered and easy a life I had lived until this point. I’m pretty ‘into’ international development, clued up about the world, had travelled a fair bit by then, and was no stranger to feeling unsettled and knowing that my world view was very different to the people who actually lived wherever I was visiting at that point.
I didn’t think I would be very shocked about anything I came across in Nigeria: toilets that were flushed with rain water; a family of geckos in my room; 40 degree heat; washing my clothes in the river and people turning up 8 hours late for meetings – I thought I can deal with it all. But this one really threw me. Continue reading “moments i will never forget #1: the machete incident”