Who? Caren Krul, MSc Animal Sciences
Where? In Vilanculos, Mozambique
What? Internship at imGoats
Why? I wanted to learn more about goats and their role in developing countries
People here hold their traditional beliefs alongside their Christian faith. They believe in witches and evil spirits. Goats are sacrificed to placate the spirits and to restore people to health. I was also surprised to find a big difference in status between men and women. When we interviewed a group of men and women, the women would sit on the ground and the men on chairs or logs. We were also invited to take a seat on the chairs. They also thought it strange that we wore trousers instead of the capalanas (long skirts) they wear there. It is not done to sit with your legs crossed. . When I sat cross legged on one occasion, there was quite a commotion. One woman tapped me on the knees and I quickly had to stretch my legs out in front of me again.
In the weekends my travelling companion and I made regular trips in the beautiful surrounding area. Off the Vilanculos coast lies a nature area with beautiful islands and underwater reefs, superbly suited to diving, snorkelling and boat trips. We saw dolphins, sea turtles and pirate fish, to name but a few. Once, I found some puppies on the beach. They had been abandoned there and were dehydrated. I took them home and fed them night and day. They couldn't even see, that's how small they were! Now they are four sturdy girls and we've found good homes for them.