Morocco: Donkey Poo Fires! 6


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By Katie

We were driving along the road on our way to the desert in the east of Morocco. There were a lot of sand storms (very windy). We found a flat area near the main road. We decided to stay there for the night.

I wanted to make a fire but there was not a lot of wood!!.. I spotted a big pile of dry donkey poo. I took a plastic bag and filled it up with dried poo. I collected stones to make the fireplace.

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Then I added our rubbish paper and peelings to the fire.

It was very hard lighting the fire. The wind was very strong and it kept blowing the flame out. I got some help from Matt and mum to make a windshield. We managed and the flames were big because of the wind.

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It was very easy to find the donkey poo because the moon was bright. It was the night before a full moon, and the poo glowed in the dark!

We wanted to make hot chocolate on the fire but we didn’t have enough milk. But poo was really good for burning – it lasted a long time and kept us warm.

If you are ever doing a fire in the wild, remember about donkey poo. Or any other poo, especially camel poo. Here in Morocco they burn camel poo because it’s very dry.

[Jen: we’ve spent the week studying donkey and camel poo. We think this is donkey, a little bit bigger than camel… but the jury is out]

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