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Driving along we had been curious as to the many sheep all along the road in packs of hundreds. We saw one and decided to stop and go close to them. It was a short walk up a mountain to where the sheep were and we followed a pipeline which we didn´t know what it transported.
Before we could get too close to the sheep four young girls came running towards us. I had seen them from farther away and they were running around and doing summersaults and looked like they were having a good time. The first thing they did when within hearing distance was ask for money. We had not come across any beggars before this so we thought it was pretty strange. In fact, everyone we had met invited us into their home and fed us and gave us mint tea and never asked for anything in return. We met the mother who was the only adult tending the sheep.
When we returned to the car they followed us and we gave them food and water. But they asked for shoes, shirts, pens or pencils, and of course money. In the end we had to bring them back to the other side of the road and leave because they were very insistent.
It was extremely difficult to communicate them since the sheep herders don´t bring the children to school. They knew neither French nor Arab. the only thing we could understand was the Berber word for money that we had been taught in Asguine by the family we stayed with. Unfortunately by now I only remember the word for sky, igruat.