‘Daily life in Central Africa’

I want to think OM from HarsH ReaLiTy for giving me an opportunity to share a day in the life of William Chasterson in Central Africa.

Your probably asking, “William what the heck is ‘Daily life in…'” Well let me explain. It’s your opportunity to showcase where you’re from. Show us your hometown. Click here for details on how you can participate.

I’ve been doing volunteer work in Central Africa for almost two years now. It would be remiss of me not to mention a particular aspect of daily life here, and that’s police brutality. This is especially on my mind in light of recent events. First I’ll mention something that happened to me the other day. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I rent an apartment connected to a bar which features loud revelries until the break of dawn. Here’s a picture of the front of my house on a typical morning after such an event.

Anyways the other day the loud music was overshadowed by shouting and noisy activity surrounding the house. I ran to the back window and overheard a man threatening to kill someone over being accused of lying. Though he was worked up his neighbors managed to wrestle him away from his victim. The shouting continued however and carried into the front of the house where the entire neighborhood seemed to be gathered. We turned off all the lights and discreetly peeked out the window as we heard a physical confrontation. People were yelling, “You are murderers!” The police showed up and we heard more shouting, threats and the cocking of arms. I called my friend who’s sister is a police and she advised us not to leave the house. If someone knocks on the door we were to call her brother. Eventually the situation calmed and the police arrested someone after giving him a thorough beat down. The next morning I heard that my friend was in the hospital. The same night he was offering us advice on avoiding a violent confrontation he was attacked by the police and beaten unconscious. He’s a taxi driver so he innocently picked up a female passenger who hailed him. All at once another car wildly swerved out of nowhere and started chasing them. At this point the girl nonchalantly mentions that it’s her jealous boyfriend that is chasing her. My friend wants to do the right thing so he drives to a check point figuring the girl will be safe in the presence of the police. The girl gets out and walks towards the police while the pursuers jump out of their car and begin assaulting my friend. There are four men who beat him while the girl’s boyfriend who by the way is armed takes the lead. The police/soldiers at the checkpoint stand by idly while my friend is mercilessly beaten unconscious. Apparently the girl’s boyfriend was some sort of high ranking officer which makes him above the law. My friend was told that the aggressor was locked up and the other men fled the scene. But most likely no one was arrested.


Poster on Ebola prevention

Drunk driving accident 

This is called bush meat. It’s monkey.

Someone attempted to break into my house using a machete like this one. I wrote about it in another post entitled ‘Machete‘.

Power Line Spaghetti 

Dead tarantula almost the size of my fist.

One of the dogs that alert us to approaching thieves.

Snails. Sometimes they try to escape but rarely succeed. It’s a slow getaway.

This is what happens to the ground in the rainy season.

A litter of stray puppies. Here dogs are free.

A typical kitchen.

Giant centipede 

This poster hangs in most barber shops.

Friends preparing fish for a gathering 

A boy selling credit for phones. Here all of the phones are ‘pay as you go’.

Third world antenna.

At the market

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My name is William Chasterson. I’m a writer and a student of history. I was raised in the Midwest of the United States in a very conservative town of about 15,000 people. In my twenties I moved to New York which is where I’ve been for the past 15 years. After the first few years of culture shock I was finally able to settle into my environment and actually consider myself a New Yorker. For the past year however I’ve been living in the third world. I’m not going to mention the name of the country I moved to both for my own safety and because this is not a political blog. The purpose of this blog is to analyze the human psyche and to develop a theory I’ve been slowly formulating my entire life which is that we are all the same. No matter our race, gender, language, or economic status we are all of us equals. While this idea sounds cliche most people’s actions indicate that they don’t really believe it.

36 thoughts on “‘Daily life in Central Africa’”

  1. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    Awesome photos of Central Africa! I love the rawness of these pictures because we can definitely tell they aren’t just google images! Great stuff and thanks for taking part in the HR Challenge! -OM
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    1. Life in the western world is just as real but because of all the distractions thrown at us we’re not allowed the opportunity to notice. Thanks for the comment. By the way, did you take the HarsH ReaLiTy challenge?

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      1. I didn’t meant to make western life sound not real. It’s just that we know so little of life in Africa–so much of what I read is a shallow glimpse, not a view of people living their lives.

        I don’t do online challenges. I could have made that one fit with my blog’s focus, but I’d just as soon keep writing what I write, which is about the strangeness of living as an American in the U.K. I can see why people do take up challenges, but I don’t.

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      2. No worries ; ) I know what you meant. Everything is relative. What’s real to some seems surreal to others. I’m looking forward to checking out your blog. Us expats have to stick together.

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  2. Hi WC. I followed over here from OM’s. I must say that I am impressed that you are giving your life to help others. It must be difficult to make a difference in that environment where your safety and very life seem to be threatened. My hat is off to you William for your dedication to humanity.

    Excellent photos and down to earth, impactful writing. Thank you for sharing this with us. I’ll never have a chance to see it for myself and appreciate seeing it through your eyes.

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    1. Thanks Paul. I appreciate your words of commendation. It is challenging but I’m being benefitted as much as they are. I believe I’m getting an accurate view of humanity by observing others and learning about myself in an environment stripped of pretense. If you like my writing style you might like a book I’ll be giving away free for the next couple of months called ‘Breed’. I’m also recruiting beta readers for my current project ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’. Details can be found on the homepage of my blog https://williamchasterson.wordpress.com
      By the way, did you take the HarsH ReaLiTy challenge?

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      1. I tried to follow your blog but I didn’t see a wordpress follow button. You can install one using a widget if you want. On my blog I have both the email sign up and the follow button so I can make it easier for everyone to follow me.

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    1. Thanks for the compliments on my writing! I believe I’m getting an accurate view of humanity by observing others and learning about myself in an environment stripped of pretense. If you like my writing style you might like a book I’ll be giving away free for the next couple of months called ‘Breed’. I’m also recruiting beta readers for my current project ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’. Details can be found on the homepage of my blog https://williamchasterson.wordpress.com
      By the way, did you take the HarsH ReaLiTy challenge?

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    1. Thanks Curtis! I believe I’m getting an accurate view of humanity by observing others and learning about myself in an environment stripped of pretense. If you like my writing style you might like a book I’ll be giving away free for the next couple of months called ‘Breed’. I’m also recruiting beta readers for my current project ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’. Details can be found on the homepage of my blog https://williamchasterson.wordpress.com
      By the way, did you take the HarsH ReaLiTy challenge?

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  3. Thanks for the amazing pictures and work. You help bring me some perspective! Also, thanks for following my blog! I am so humbled you liked it, and hope it can help. Please keep up the great work!

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  4. This was pretty raw,even for me,and I am in Kenya,and wedo have places and situations like these. Thank you for sharing. Will definitely give that challenge a try.

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