Friday, January 4, 2013

Fishing for Simsim, Comoros | جزر القمر

The Comoros is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa, between Mozambique and Madagascar. Its capital is Moroni, on the island Grande Comore.

In the late 1800's, the islands were annexed by France. Independence for the Comoros was gradual, and was finally achieved in 1975. Mayotte is geographically part of the Comoro Islands but is an overseas department and region of France.

In Comoros, Simsim, a small fish of the family sardines, is very popular. During the season, everybody is an improvised fisherman because it is an opportunity to make money and learn to fish.

(top) From a set of six stamps issued in2006 in remembrance of  Leopold Senghor, first President of Senegal, 1960-1980.

(bottom) From a set of 6 stamps about local flowers.


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