Early this morning, just as our work day was starting, Tom received a call saying there was a black cobra sighting in the village and they needed his help. Grabbing his snake tongs as he ran out the door, Tom hurried quickly down to see what he could do.
When he arrived he found a large crowd gathered around a pit latrine (outhouse).
Unfortunately, before he arrived they had started a large fire in the pit and so there was nothing he could do until the smoke cleared.
This toilet belonged to a young, widowed mother. She had been redoing the grass roof when the snake was discovered.
The men dug around for a while trying to see if they could find anything but, as Tom pointed out, there were too many holes where the snake could be hiding. It wasn't safe to do any more digging.
Tom was disappointed that he wasn't able to help find and eliminate this dangerous snake. He also felt badly for the poor woman who had her toilet torn down in the search. He has offered to pay for a new one to be built.
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Living the Life
I'm an average girl--scared to death of creepy crawlies--who somehow ended up in the bush of Africa, building and running an orphanage. I now have 28 foster kids. In addition, I have a wonderfully adventurous husband and six kids. Due to the crazy passage of time, only one is left with me and five are working and/or in college in the U.S. Life is crazy, exciting, often scary and never, ever boring.