A few weeks ago, my landlord, Oumarou, took me to see the cattle market that happens every Thursdays. Since he and the previous volunteer had gone on a similar outing (where she took pictures and then put them online where anyone who googles “Ngatt” could find them–he’s still very excited about this fact), he told me to bring my camera. So while he showed me around, I took the pictures, in order to continue the tradition.
Oumarou is on the right
Me and a new friend. (NOTE: Still have yet to figure out how to explain good vs. bad lighting in photos to Cameroonians)
Touching a cow
Heading off towards the area where the sold cows are kept
Explaining the inner-workings of the cow trade
Encouraging (through slapping) a cow into the “sales” enclosure
This one cow did not want to leave his family
The enclosure where all the sold cows are kept
Receipt books where every cow exchange is recorded
Refreshments for the long day. (The men usually spend all day at the market and in addition to trade, it provides them with a weekly social gathering where news and jokes are exchanged.)
The veterinarian’s stand
The veterinarian with Oumarou’s brother, Ismail. Ismail is currently working on a vaccine campaign for all the cows in our area and goes out en brousse most days in order to reach all the cows.