Harvesting in Senegal's Peanut Basin

This family was not able to harvest any peanuts for making money on their own land due to drought, so they have been allowed to look for peanuts for food and survival on other people's land.

Women as old as 70 and children work from early morning on parched, sun-baked land. Some might say these children should not be working so hard, but they go to school on other days, know how to read and write, and seem to be having a healthy time of it, despite the hardships and challenges.

Photos compliments of Jade Heilmann, video from my first ever tv shoot. Not sure this combo really works, but as everything here, always a work in progress, with the sun and hope as eternal allies.

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