The Human Beast of Burden

And when there are no donkeys… humans become the beasts of burden.

This little girl is pulling with all her strength a jerry can filled with 25 liters of water. Her family is too poor to own donkeys, a pulley, and a rubber container – the equipment required to pull water out of the bowels of the earth. Without a donkey she has no help to carry the water home.  

She attaches one or two jerry cans to a chain which she ties around her waist.  She then heaves the water containers with her body’s weight, sometimes up to 10km, back to her village. This quest often lasts the entire day, and will be repeated by a sister the next day.