… rural Turkey …

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COTTON ON …

THINK you’ve had a hard day at the office?

Imagine harvesting a field of cotton by hand.

We have seen lots of cotton during the past few days on the road, and most of it’s being harvested by big tractors that spit the fluffy white balls into oversized bins, but this was the first time we saw it being done by hand.

These three ladies were working in a field halfway between Pamukkale and Kusadasi, under the blazing sun on a hot October day, and there wasn’t a man in sight.

But that’s not unusual for Turkey and there was a better-than-average chance their brothers, fathers and sons had their feet up at the local tea shop while the women folk did the back-breaking work to bring the money in.

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