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The different forms of transport found in each country provide an insight into the history, traditions, and often the wealth of a nation.

In Bangladesh, the rickshaw and it’s various iterations (common people transporters, school bus rickshaw, delivery van, and flat tray cargo truck) is the defining mode of transport. An affordable means of transport, provided by the ever energetic rickshaw wallahs. Elsewhere in Asia the tuk tuk is used.

In Maroc, a whole host of modes of transport are available, including the Petit taxi and the Grand taxi. Plus buses and an extensive train network. But for the humble villager in rural settings its the donkey. Alternatives include horses, and in the desert camels are used by the Berbers.

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The donkey (Equus africanus asinus) is a domesticated member of horse family (Equidae), and has been around for over 5,000 years as a working animal. Joseph had a donkey in Bethlehem, so did Simpson at Gallipoli. They have a wonderful disposition, and it would be a mistake to confuse stubborn with their patient or risk adverse nature. These animals will stand passively for hours waiting for instructions to move. Alternatively if they fear injury they will refuse to budge.

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Across all of Morocco, donkeys can be observed moving people and goods with great efficiency and nimbleness. They negotiate the narrow, crowded, and chaotic alleyways of the medinas with skill and assuredness. They represent a vital component in the national materials handling network.

However it remains rather quaint to see grown men astride a tiny donkey moving briskly along the highways and rural roads. These tiny animals motoring along with their ears flapping and their little legs going flat out. Encouraged by the kicking of their ‘jockeys’.

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Long live the donkey#.
# not to be confused with The Donkeys, an indie band from San Diego, who have just released their new album Born with Stripes.

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