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Central Market

Near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the town of Yei is quite a departure from the dry, dusty landscape found in much of South Sudan. Here, you can find fresh bananas, giant mango trees and lots of delicious produce. Take a look!

01These little guys are called kejje (a.k.a. “omena” in Swahili). Generally, they’re fried up with some oil, tomatoes and salt, then eaten whole. If you can get past the fact that they’re looking at you, wide-eyed as if begging not to be eaten, then all you have to deal with is the soft bones, chewy skin and fishy flavor. Delicious!

02In a country struggling with poverty and a lack of development, there is a surprisingly huge amount of beef available. This might have something to do with the fact that cows are one of the most stable forms of currency here.

03Beans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the higher your protein intake will be.

04On the edge of the produce market you can find household items like salt, clothes-washing powder and soap, but curiously, no microwave dinners.

05Cooking oil is sold in used soda bottles here. Turns out this is not Mountain Dew.

06The ceiling of the market is actually a whole network of tarps, burlap sacks and rope. It’s great for shade. Just watch your head as you walk around.

07This banana seller is all smiles. The produce people at Kroger could learn a thing or two.