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October 11, 2003

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The ferry boat regulates life along Lake Tanganyika. It serves as the backbone of commerce, communication, and supply. The ferry boat carries merchants and their supplies to villages that have no roads connecting them to the rest of Tanzania. The villagers sell their rice and corn to boat traders. Stranded tourists get a lift.
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No dock. Passengers paddle themselves to the ferry boat.
Jumping on the ferryboat is a refugee exercise. Full rowboats jostle for position next to an opening in the hull. People scramble over each other to be the first to climb inside.