a relatively poor country, many of the sights we see in our daily life
here would shock a good many people in the United States. The most accessible
form of transportation for the majority of people is bus, and most of these
are old school buses from up north!! It is not at all surprising to be
out in the middle of nowhere and hear/see/feel/smell one roaring by, black
diesel smoke puffing into the air.
of course, those that live out in the countryside tend to be the very poorest
of the poor. It is amazing to contemplate a life spent in a one room, mud
walled stick house with no electricity or water; this is how many people
do spend their years. Coupled with high birth rates (partially due to each
of ignorance, staunch Catholicism, high mortality rates, and lack of hope),
the poorest families are often those with the largest families.