Aside from the cruel punishment inflicted by the local women, I have a (possibly stupid) question:
Why would any mother choose to breastfeed on a horse?
I know Ethiopia is a poor country, but surely there must have been something else to sit on....like a discrete tree stump or the ground?
One would presume the horse was stationary.
So why, in the middle of a village or refugee camp would you mount a horse to breastfeed?
You might as well have a huge, flashing sign with an arrow pointing to you saying: "Look at me! My breast is out and I'm breastfeeding!"
And being a country lad, I think a horse is a little less predictable than a tree stump or the ground; and she couldn't have been holding the both reins and
the baby firmly enough to control the horse....
...and if the horse was tied, this is even more strange.....
If there was nothing more predictable to sit on, I would even excuse buying IKEA furnature in this instance!
You'd think IKEA would have spotted the gap in the market for reasonably priced, non-equine furnature in Ethiopia....