Category Archive: Burkina Faso

The Old Red Truck

In 1986, I bought this truck in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. I got it from a Dutchman who had used it to travel down from the Mediterranean.¬† He had put a Peugeot diesel engine… Continue reading

Turning Back, Turning Point: Fiction

The bustle of Ouahigouya had gone. Even the hurrying soldiers had disappeared. The shops, so busy so recently, were shuttered, the march√© vacant. No youths peddled cigarettes on the wide, empty streets or… Continue reading

Pictures of West Africa

As I prepare for classes and have little time for writing at present, I thought I would share a few snapshots of West Africa. The first was taken in April, 2007 in St.… Continue reading


The first Tuaregs I saw were shadowy figures in long robes, sometimes wearing turbans, trying to sell cheap, blunt swords and knives sheathed in leather, cassette cases and other boxes, also leather covered,… Continue reading