Stories From Jamestown, Accra
Jamestown is a low income fishing community in Ghana’s capital city. Our photo journalist went there to sample opinions about nutrition, sanitation and healthy living. Sea food forms a significant part of the people’s diet.
“We eat a lot of crabs because of the nutritional value in them. They make our teeth very strong. Apart from the claw, the meat in the shell is also highly nutritious.
We use it in cooking soups and shito (black pepper sauce). It’s important to really clean the crabs very well because the shells can contain sand and other impurities from the sea.
Money is scare here so most of the fishing folk sell much of the fish they catch. I always encourage people to eat fresh sea food to help maintain healthy diets .”
Torshi Bi Deedei, Fishmonger
Crabs are a source of lean protein that is very low in fat and carbohydrates. Their shells and claws contain high amounts of minerals including calcium and Vitamin B12″.