Well before dawn, Seydou the donkey and his owner, 18-year-old Madou, make their way to the mountainous rubbish dumps of Bamako, Mali. Both donkey and owner work long, exhausting days collecting rubbish in the capital city. Seydou drags the refuse – plastic bottles, bags and rotting food – up the steep slopes of the dump before returning to the streets to start the process all over again.
Recently, Madou had noticed Seydou limping and favouring his back leg as they worked. The joint of the animal’s back leg had become swollen and hot to the touch. To make matters worse, the little donkey was covered in wounds that weren’t healing, despite the traditional treatments Madou used to alleviate the pain.
While Madou does his best to provide for his donkey, he can barely afford food for them both, let alone expensive private vet bills. So, for donkey owners like him, SPANA mobile clinics are their only source of hope.