新型游牧民

摩加迪休—我关于童年的最早记忆之一是在Yaaq Bari Wayne我祖母家附近的小水沟里游泳的情景。Yaaq Bari Wayne是索马里湾地区南部平原一个满是铁皮顶土坯房的脏乱差的居民区。每逢大雨过后,这条小沟就会成为一个很深的三角形地裂,里面全是浑浊的雨水。孩子们趋之若鹜,从岸边跳入沟中,在浑水中潜泳,兴奋地大喊大叫。

其中许多都是游牧牧民的孩子,每年5月到7月,他们会南迁寻找更好的牧草。他们来的时候,用交错的树枝和五颜六色的幡子做成的棕色圆顶帐篷就会在城镇外围出现,活像成群结队的斑纹甲虫。

对我来说,游牧事件浪漫的事情,就像是美国狂野西部的牛仔。他们在地球最艰难的环境中跋涉数百公里,以骆驼奶和肉干为生,所有家当都在骆驼背上驮着。

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