Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Why Sahrawi women cover up
Writer Marcello di Cintio's working on a book about the world's walls, so he visited the Berm early in March. He's got a couple of posts about seeing the Berm and hanging out with Sahrawis, but my favorite is the post where he offers an explanation for why Sahrawi women in Tindouf wear so many layers.
I figured it was a combination of Muslim hair-covering and wanting to keep sand out of their faces, but he says it's because Sahrawi culture loves pale skin. Considering how easily I burn, I'd be worth my weight in gold in Western Sahara.