Another site visit to a volunteer’s house further out in the bush in the Upper East Region. This poor guy is having a lot of issues with a collapsed latrine, a leaking roof, bats and their shit, and mold. The last photo sums it up while we work on pushing his community to repair some of these problems.
Normally, I would never take photos of something like this back home in the States but here in Ghana, it does seem culturally appropriate as all passersby stopped to see what had happened, learn that all persons in the tro tro were killed, and took photos of the accident scene themselves. I am posting this because here in Ghana, as in most countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve, vehicle accidents are the greatest threat to our safety.
In this particular accident, it was raining. The empty tractor trailer overtook another vehicle and hit this tro tro in a head-on collision. When I returned to Tamale, I learned from my boss that all persons on board (at least 15 people, including the driver) had died. (When we arrived at the scene, the rumors were that 9 had died). My boss knew some people on the tro as most of them were from Tamale, traveling home from Kumasi.
Peace Corps Volunteer World Map project
A little rain doesn’t deter the market women from a day’s work