“Thank you for giving us the gift of water”
– Chief Koto Taga, Loome
It was a long drive to meet the Mother Club of Loome on one of our last days during our visit to Togo, back in November 2022.
These dusty red roads would take us into the heart of rural Togo. The deserted main road stretched out for miles in front of us, only passing the occasional car or truck with nothing for miles except the open spaces of land stretching out beside us and the small clusters of schoolchildren walking home after lessons.
The sky was a brilliant blue with only a few clouds dotted above us and the bright sun hitting our faces through the car windows. It was hard to imagine how hot it would be outside once we got to our destination.
We stopped in Kévé on the way to meet with members of the IADES team who would take us to Loome. They would join us on motorbikes as the roads around Loome were nearly impassable for most vehicles.
Loome Mother Club photographs ©Shelby Alexander & ©ElowinsPictures Togo 2022