Hey there, my beautiful travelers and welcome to baby or say man, I’m, actually not really sure how to pronounce it anyway. This place is not very well-known by tourists, but I’m.
Going to show you where to go and what to see so, I hope you’re ready, let’s explore! Yes, let me tell you about Benin a small but very beautiful country in West Africa. It’s, situated right here between Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Niger.
It’s, the birthplace of food ooh, which is still an official religion in the country. Today it has a rich history, but some shocking and sad stories to be told. As well, but we will get to that later.
First of all, let me tell you why we’re. Actually, here me and my companion risker were invited to come over and make videos for the Hunger Project an NGO working towards a sustainable and over world hunger.
They empower women to become leaders, provide micro financing to grow businesses and make sure health care is more widely available. Bottom line is self-reliance, so in the long run, basic needs will be taken care of from within the country and community.
We meet a lot of very inspiring strong people, growing businesses from their own visions. After five days of interviews filming running sweating, we are going south. First, stop is gone, va in Nik, move away, [ Music ] over 20,000 people live underwater here, which makes janvier, probably the largest lake village in Africa.
It all started in the 16th or 17th century when the tophi knew people were looking for a safe place. They were running from being captured and shipped away as slaves. The name gone PA means we serve life.
The main income nowadays comes from trading and fishing, and I bet you won’t, be surprised that people here are often called Waterman, [ Music ] on this Lake. You need to do everything by boat, so fathers have won both the mothers have another one, and the children have one to go to school.
So nor Denari family would have three votes. [ Music ] lover Street, so young people come here and then they beat each other. It’s. Obviously a river that’s running order. Sweet yeah know that they shipped inside to build the mosque on.
So not everything is a holes here we’ll, give your sealants. They brought it in manual. This little venice of africa is truly unique and absolutely worth a visit. If you make it to be [ Music ]. This one is the first Cathedral of West Africa and over there it’s where we’re, going temple, pikeys, [, Music ].
They used to farm in this place and here was a huge forest with a lot of pythons in it and at some points the Lobos realized that the Titans were actually protecting the crops from small animals. We would be eating them and then they started to worship.
The pythons and that’s, why they built this temple, [, Music, ], [, Music, ]. Every evening. They open this door and the snakes can go out to eat or lay eggs, and they can come back. Sometimes they don’t.
The locals around here find them. They always bring them back. If you’re afraid of snakes, though I would suggest, maybe you get hotel and not a part of the town. It’s, not the most comfortable thing in the world, but he wants to come with me to the Netherlands, not sure if I’m allowed to bring him going through Benin, there’s.
One thing that keeps getting back to me only a few centuries ago, this country developed the biggest slave board in the whole of Africa. I want to understand more about what happens, so we follow the route of the slaves starting at one of the fort’s.
This Portuguese, fort or the fort of st. john, was used by the slave traders. Slaves were kept in Chains. There was no way you could escape. You would assume that cannons like this are here to keep the enemy out, but actually it was the other way around.
If slaves who were held here on the inside tried to escape. This was the threat for them and if the cannon was not enough to scare you off, there was also hit with crocodiles, so good [, Music, ], [, Music ] 19th century three centuries.
It’s, easy to avoid this square, but it has a great historical importance, because this is the place where actually the slave market was held for three centuries. So people from all over the place were brought here and then there would be a negotiation about the price and after that they were brought to face a bit further, where they were held for two weeks to see how strong they were [, Music ] in Palm Bay, so my info language, it means light not in after buying the slaves at the market two weeks before going before traveling, they were all brought here.
They put them in that that building that building normally should contain 200 people more at most 200, but they put 600 people in that building. They they sleep one over the other and 2/3 of that, among 2/3 of that 600 died before the end of plot.
I spent two weeks like that, without eating without water, without no light inside the room. If slave survives all of these hardships, they had to walk this long road, all the way to the beach their ships will be waiting for them to take them away.
Once you would be past this point, there was no hope of ever returning again unless your spirit would return after you die [ Music ], I can’t say I really had an image in mind about what this place would be like, but still I’m, really surprised.
We met a lot of how do you say very strong people. A lot of strong women also really having an idea about what they want with their are businesses, what they want with their lives and also I’ve, seen some things that are really nice.
If you’re coming here as a tourist – and you know you’re, not filming for an NGO like we are so, would I recommend you to go to Benin? Yes, I definitely would I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I did, making it if you loved it, please give it a thumbs up.
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