Yeji. A sad place to be.
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After 3 days on lake volta the cargo ship pulled up, at two in the morning, to Yeji, the final port of call. Gingerly everyone made their way down the metal ramp to the shore. One woman slipped and toppled her full basket of fruit which went rolling into the mud.
I was a bit disorientated as i had no idea where to go. But thankfully someone spotted this, as is the way here, and asked if he could show me a place to stay. He brought me up the single street of the town, lined with galvanized shelters and fires. Children danced in front of us doing flips and body pops. Little girls, no more than 9 or 10 years old, came up and grabbed my hand. My escort quickly beat their hands away and shouted at them. He then explained that these are child prostitutes and is a huge problem around here.
The man brought men to a grubby looking building with the word 'hotel' outside. We went in where a man at a table took me to see a room. He asked me "do you like me?". I said "yeah". "I am your best friend" he said. "good man" said i.
It was a concrete floor with a springy mattress, bucket shower and cockroaches of varying size. Heaven compared to the boat. I took it.
I asked my guide fellow if he knew of anywhere that i could change some money. i was literally down top my last few cents. He said he knew a place, even though it was the small hours. We set off up the street again and turned off onto the dust weaving between houses. At one point we passed a group of about five men standing against a tree who just starred at us. I felt a bit nervy. We passed them and as i looked back to check i saw one of them coming towards us with a rock in his hands. The guide turned around with his hands out said something to make him stop. I hate to think what would have happened if i was on my own. This is one out of only two times in Africa where i felt threatened. Eventually we found the house we were looking for, but nobody was answering. So i had to promise the hotel owner id pay him in the morning.