A Fair Exchange

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A Fair Exchange

Nana is one of the oldest people in his village and he comes to our Mobile Clinic every two weeks. He has arthritis in his knees and back and has been prescribed several medications. On the way to meet us he walks slowly, with his back bent, from his hut to our health post. He could well be the 105 years old he insists he is. Nana explained he had no money, so in exchange for the medicine we agreed to receive what he offered; a bunch of plantains – a large local banana that you fry or cook before eating. Satisfied, Nana crept back to his hut.

Later that day, when we were leaving the village, Nana approached us from the forest with the promised bunch of plantain on his back which was not bent and he was not walking slowly.  He was smiling…