The last couple of posts got a bit negative. So, some good news.
Went out with the team for a drive today, along the lake to the nature preserve. (Hippos, crocs, lots of birds. More perhaps in a bit.) Ended up at the Congo border, which is just over half an hour from town: hey look, there's the eastern Congo!
Okay. While going along the road, we passed hundreds of people on bicycles. (Made in China. Note that by Burundian standards, a bike is about as big an investment as a nice car would be for most readers here.) And at least four times, we passed people in something different: hand-powered tricycles. Three of these were being pulled along behind bikes (though they were providing auxiliary power with the hand cranks) while one was moving alone -- not very fast, but getting there.
The first time I saw one, I said, "Huh?" Second time I looked more closely, and spotted the rider's withered legs.
By the fourth time, I was ready to ask our driver.