Category Archive: Togo

West Africa’s Illusory Development

Twenty-two  years ago, I sat on a bench in Lomé, Togo watching a stream of people running in anger toward the central marketplace. Moments later, black smoke was billowing from the market. Soon,… Continue reading

Stopping Wildlife Poachers Isn’t Easy and Can’t Be By "Us"

The elephant that charged me. During my Peace Corps years in Togo, I lived on the edge of a wildlife preserve called Le Fosse aux lions. Created out of what once had been… 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

Why I Teach

[Crossposted from Free Exchange on Campus] When I was in Peace Corps, I taught farmers the rudiments of using oxen for plowing. I did this at an instruction center in the north of… Continue reading


As I’ve written about the elephant that charged me in 1990 and about the death of the small herd that elephant came from, I couldn’t resist posting these, pictures of members of that… Continue reading

Dust and Smoke

Harmattan dust comes down from the Sahara each December, fogging the views of Mt. Bombouaka, to the east, and Mt. Nassiet, to the west, filtering sunlight all through the early months of each… Continue reading