Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Ethiopian Eucalyptus Haulers

Eucalyptus was brought to Ethiopia from Australia in the late 1800s as a cheap form of wood. It's been wildly successful, now used for building simple housing and for firewood. It's a thirsty plant that ruins soil and Ethiopia may try to replace it with friendlier, native species.

For now, it's a key raw material for many Ethiopians. And who hauls it around? The usual developing country hard laborer, women.

A typical eucalyptus forest.

And a typical bundle, ready for hauling.

Young recruit.

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