Cows with cable
June 7 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Cows with cable | Friday, June 7, 2002

Friday, June 7, 2002

Cows with cable

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Developing countries are often sprinkled with elements of irony, and Honduras is no exception.

The rocky road leading into the southern town of Orocuina follows the muddy Choluteca River, brown and swelling, rushing south with its burden of rain and silt. The verdant landscape fairly glows with shades of green, though the rainy season has just begun. Narrow rows of corn sprout by the river and flowering shrubs dot the mountainside as the road winds along its flanks.

In Orocuina, homes and businesses stretch along the unpaved track for nearly a mile. Narrow paths leading uphill from the road are cut deeply by the rains, so rock walls are built on either side to support the arable land and keep the small houses from washing away.

Some of the tiny houses are made of thin sticks, lashed tightly together, sometimes plastered with mud. Others are made of large adobe bricks, sun-dried mud mixed with straw for a binder. Newer houses, rarely larger than a garage, are made of cinder blocks or orange-red brick with curved tile roofs.

Small shops called pulperias bloom on every corner, along with a few larger businesses.

A government project brought electricity to Orocuina, so a cable TV company was not far behind. I could not help but chuckle at its collection of satellite dishes rising from a muddy paddock, offering shade to a small herd of bony cattle.

The scene led me to wonder how often the odd mix of our faith-claims and our lifestyles might lead others to observe, "Something's wrong with this picture."

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