Strange Sights in Laos: Piglets In Baskets.
Above Photo: Pigs’ behinds face the rising sun.
Early one morning as we travelled around Laos on a BACK-related war trip recently, we visited the fresh market in Sepon (wartime Tchepone) only to discover some of it was a little too fresh.
We came upon a line of piglets, of different sizes, squeezed into almost tailor-made wicker baskets, being offered for sale next to the busy road heading to the Vietnamese border.
We asked how much they cost and were told around $20 a pig.
We noticed they stayed there for most of the day in the baking heat, and the following day, when we left Sepon, another passenger had bought one and attached it to the back of the truck we were travelling on, for the hot, dusty, three and a half hour journey to Savannakhet.
I’m guessing pigs must be pretty hardy animals in Laos to survive all that, although they must get pretty stressed out and we couldn’t help but feel sorry for them.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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