Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The unkindest cut?

Now, while this (very poor) photo shows men cutting the sugar cane by hand, most of the workers we saw this morning on the smaller, non- mechanised, fields were women. All rigged up in boots and hats, machetes flasing in the sun, they were hard at it under the eye of the old man who owned the land, who was leaning on a rake and happy to chat with us while the women sweated.

Mind you, the men who were gathering up the canes into bundles and carrying them on their heads to the trailer had it even harder, I think.

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