"Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day"
A reader asked if about drinking water --- the people drink purified water, I would suppose it cost about 20 cents per day. There are stations or wells where people can go and collect water that is supposed to be potable.
Water always cost about 1-2 dollars per day, and a large expense in some countries.
I would guess that about 95 percent of the people in Cinkasse drink water from plasic bags.
Where to stay in French West Africa?
Lome Togo, the city is smalll enough to be managable and there are "American International Schools." EveryThursday there in and dinner for all the International People that moves from restaurant to restaurant.
There are two sections of West Africa, I am to the right of Liberia, there is also the section to the left of Liberia. I do not know that area, but my understanding is that it is not cheap.
Accra Ghana has a lot of English speaking students and volunteers, but in my opinion the city is a mess.
Populations in 2009 in Accra: 1,963,264
Population in Lome: 737,751
But the city of Accra spreads out much farther... I think maybe Bobo, Burkina Faso if you are Islamic.
A person has to always take great care on prices in French Africa, it is as if the French like to pay through the nose for fun. I am in a 7 dollar room here in Lome, Togo and life is good.Without thinking people rent 50 dollar per night rooms because it appears to make tourist feel safe.
I consider West Africa one of the safest places to travel, aggressive sometimes, but life is easy here they do not steal, overcharge daily, but no stealing.