Why would trees be dangerous in Burkina Faso?

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So we just received a letter from our sponsor child, Julien in Burkina Faso and he wrote us asking us to pray for their security because by them there are trees and it's a constant danger to them.  
His parents are millet farmers.... wouldn't trees be a good thing and help keep the water in the ground?
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Can you post a photo of the french? Maybe it was a mistake in translation.
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Interesting. I would ask the child next time you write. My first thoughts, maybe some kind of dangerous animal lives in the trees, or maybe people who are up to no good hide there? Keep us posted what you find out. I would love to know!
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Yes..... Beth... will be asking him in my next letter... keep you posted.  And Kristen, here's the letter in French and the translation in English:-)
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Thanks Patty. That does appear to be correct if I'm remembering my French correctly ;) I would definitely ask him about it!
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Yep.  Arbres are trees, arbustes (as here) are shrubs.  Something human or animal or reptile is likely hiding in the shrubs, because as you noted, because of them there is "constant danger".  If it is the tree itself you would think they would just stay away :)    There's more unrest in the Northern regions towards Mali or Niger, but less trees there, so I'm guessing (without much basis) that your child is somewhere more lush and concerned about animals or snakes!

Thanks for sharing - I've got sponsorships in BF, but get completely different letters than this.  I find it fascinating.  No one's every drawn me a chimpanzee :)
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Birds eat millet. I've seen documentaries that show thousands on thousands of birds in the trees. They all fly at once, then blanket a patch of grass, or in this case field of millet. They would strip a field in minutes. One of the documentaries showed villagers trying to save their crops by running and swinging sticks, etc. I'm not sure what people use millet for other than bird food, or maybe oil, but I don't think it would make a difference to the birds what kind of grass they are growing, they'd be like locusts to a farmer.
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Thanks Mr & Mrs. Hughes, 
Julien's parents do work on millet farms. 

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