I'm going to be the odd one out here -- I laughed! Ohmigod I laughed. You've got to remember that this is not an unusual occurence in the middle east. I honestly don't know how the harnesses work but I doubt it actually hurts the poor donkey and he does seem used to it already.
I understand being poor and using what you can but that's a pathetic excuse for a work horse/mule/donkey. Its TINY!! Those men could likely pull more than that little guy.
Judging by the amount of sacks they had to pull off just to get it to even back out, I'd say the little guys been hanging up there a while.
I think the donkey can pull alot of times his weight...but I think the load was too far back so it lifted him up! It think htat donkey is worth his weight (or, well ten times his weight since he is so small) in gold. How many horses could you do that to without them freaking out??? The poor little donkey deserves lots of oats and carrotts