Men with Machetes seems to be the preferred method of managing fields that have become overgrow with grass. There has been a man working on a field down the street for the last three days. I said hello as I passed on my bicycle, and stopped to talk with him on my return trip.
He makes $10/day cutting grass with his machete in the hot sun. He told me he is very poor, pointing out his old clothes. He is quite small and missing most of his teeth. He said he has no family, and when I asked him where he lives he pointed south.
My heart went out to him. He seemed really happy that we stopped to talk and readily gave his consent for a photo. There are many men who work like this, and I have been told by others that $10/day is the usual rate, or maybe $12 at the most. It has to be awfully hard to get by on that. And, what happens if the guy is sick or can’t work?
If I’d had any money with me I probably would have given it to him. I know this doesn’t solve the problem, but it might have made this week a little easier. Unfortunately there are men with machetes all over the country, and without education and job skills this is all they know how to do.
It makes whatever I worry about seem much less significant.