by Jonathan Coleman, Pensa, Burkina Faso
Many children fish and swim in the local barrage. They catch small, minnow-like fish (used as bait for larger fish) by jumping in the water, scooping with their T-shirts like nets, and trapping hundreds of tiny fish inside. They use hooks made of metal or bone to catch the bigger fish that live deeper in the barrage.
Many kids learn how to swim by not sinking. Their parents toss them into the water until they can float. I haven't seen anyone drown yet, but this really frightens me.
by Jenelle Norin, Safane, Burkina Faso
During the rainy season, many children swim in little ponds. Even though it is refreshing and fun, it is not a good idea. Many such bodies of water are contaminated with worms that can make people sick.
by Anne Hong, Bassan, Burkina Faso
During the rainy season (June–September) children play in ponds. The water is dirty, and the possibility of getting a disease is great. Still, playing in the ponds can be tempting, particularly on a hot day.
by Shana Miller, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Most of the hotels in town have swimming pools, and local residents pay about 1,500 F. CFA (about $2.50) to swim there. These pools are especially popular in March and April, the hot season.
by Bruce Karhoff, Loumbri, Burkina Faso
There is standing water in Koumbri for only two months a year, and there is always a concern that crocodiles infest these waters. Because of this, few children go near the water, much less play games in it.