Anjouan, la belle

by Rabino Kuerbovich September. 19, 2020 1280 views
la mayor parte de las playas de Anjouan son de roca basáltica // Most of Anjouan beaches are of basalt rock

la mayor parte de las playas de Anjouan son de roca basáltica // Most of Anjouan beaches are of basalt rock

Anjouan o Ndzuwani en Chi-Comori forma parte del país-archipiélago de Comores. Hasta la independencia de Francia, el sultanato de Anjouan fue el más importante de las Islas de la Luna, y el puerto de Mutsamudu fue paraje obligatorio de las naves que transitaban entre Omán y Europa. Esto hizo que hubiese frecuentes conflictos entre Ndzuwani y el sultanato de Zanzíbar, lo que acabó determinando que Anjouan aceptase el sostén de Francia y se convirtiese en un protectarado.

Anjouan or Ndzuwani in Chi-Comori is part of the Comoros archipelago country. Until the independence from France, the sultanate of Anjouan was the most important of the Islands of the Moon, and the port of Mutsamudu was an obligatory stop for the ships that transited between Oman and Europe. This led to frequent conflicts between Ndzuwani and the Sultanate of Zanzibar, which eventually led to Anjouan accepting the support of France and becoming a protectorate.

Existe una clara rivalidad entre Ngazidja (Isla de Grand Comore) y Ndzuwani: desde la independencia se han sucedido dos intentos de secesión de Anjouan de la Unión de Comores, el último en 2008 y que llevó a una invasión de la isla por un combinado de tropas de Comores y la Unión Africana, con la aquiescencia de Francia. Como suele ser habitual, nadie hasta ahora le ha preguntado a la población de Anjouan lo que piensa sobre permanecer o no en Comores.

There is a clear rivalry between Ngazidja (Island of Grand Comore) and Ndzuwani: since independence there have been two attempts at secession by Anjouan from the Union of Comoros, the last in 2008 and which led to an invasion of the island by a combination of Comorian and African Union troops, with the acquiescence of France. As usual, no one has so far asked the people of Anjouan what they think about staying or not staying in the Comoros.

Grupo de mujeres en una reunión comunitaria // Group of women in a community meeting

Grupo de mujeres en una reunión comunitaria // Group of women in a community meeting

La isla de Anjouan se formó a partir de un volcán, que le dió su forma triangular, con dos montañas, el monte Ntringui (1595 m) y el Trindini (1474 m), en el centro de la isla, donde crece un exuberante bosque. // Anjouan island was formed from a volcano, which gave it its triangular shape, with two mountains, Mount Ntringui (1595 m) and Trindini (1474 m), in the center of the island, where a lush forest grows.

lecho de torrente que desciende desde el monte Ntringui hasta la costa // torrent bed that descends from Mount Ntringui to the coast

lecho de torrente que desciende desde el monte Ntringui hasta la costa // torrent bed that descends from Mount Ntringui to the coast

Las mujeres de Anjouan son conocidas por vestirse con el shiromani, una tela, habitualmente roja, color asociado a esta isla, que se porta alrededor del cuerpo // The women of Anjouan are known for wearing the shiromani, a cloth, usually red, color associated with this island, which is worn around the body

secando la colada en la playa // drying the laundry on the beach

secando la colada en la playa // drying the laundry on the beach

La base de la economía local es principalmente rural: agricultura y pesca, y principlamente, el cultivo de vainilla y del ylang-ylang, una flor cuyo aceite esencial se utiliza en perfumería. // The base of the local economy is mainly rural: agriculture and fishing, with an important weight of vanilla cultivation and ylang-ylang, a flower whose essential oil is used in perfumery.

Como se habrán podido imaginar los lectores a esta alturas del post, el pasado comercial de Anjouan hace tiempo que se desvaneció y sus ciudadanos, al igual que los de Grand Comore, no nadan en la abundancia. Por el contrario, otra de las actividades económicas de Anjouan consiste en trasladar a otros comorienses a la próxima isla francesa de Mayotte, un guetto/base militar que continúa siendo (otra más) de las vergüenzas de la descolonización francesa. // As readers may have imagined at this point in the post, Anjouan's commercial past is long gone and its citizens, like those of Grand Comore, do not indulge in abundance. On the opposite, another of Anjouan's economic activities consists of moving other Comorians to the nearby French island of Mayotte, a ghetto/military base that continues to be (yet another) shame of French decolonization

Alambique artesal de ylan-ylang // Handmade ylan-ylang alembic

Alambique artesal de ylan-ylang // Handmade ylan-ylang alembic

calle de un pueblo // street village

calle de un pueblo // street village

señora con muziro en la cara, un producto de belleza ya comentado en otros posts // lady with muziro on her face, a beauty product already discussed in other posts

señora con muziro en la cara, un producto de belleza ya comentado en otros posts // lady with muziro on her face, a beauty product already discussed in other posts

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G B 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Fantastic!!

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to G B 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Thanks a lot!

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Antonio Gil 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I'm never tired of seeing your pictures. You bring the real thing to us viewers.

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 4 weeks ago

I feel honored by your kind words! Thank you so much for keep reading my posts

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Antonio Gil Replied to Rabino Kuerbovich 4 weeks ago

I learn a lot looking at your posts my friend.

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Buster Bruce 1 month ago

Some of the most amazing images! Thanks for sharing

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month ago

Thanks to you for reading and for contributing!

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Tsao T-F 1 month ago

Trees, Torrent bed, and mountains remind me of the movie "Jurassic Park". Love this series!

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month ago

Thank you very much Tsao. Indeed, Anjouan looks out of this era

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Tsao T-F Replied to Rabino Kuerbovich 1 month ago

smile

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Colin Massey 1 month ago

I agree with Rachele, incredible images and story I love to learn how our fellow man and women are living their lives in other countries, your story is fascinating and humbling when you see what greed there is other parts of the world.  Thank you for posting

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Colin Massey 1 month ago

Very nice and instructive comment Colin; thanks a lot for your contribution

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Rachele Schneekloth 1 month ago

Thank you for sharing these incredible images and this story.

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 1 month ago

Thank you so much Rachele for reading my post and for commenting.

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