Category Archives: Family Life

Ceremonial offering

Bleating sheep are walking the street, pulled and pushed by men and children. Tabaski, the annual Muslim celebration with ceremonial offering, will take place tomorrow. Hearing the sounds of the sheep I’m wondering if they are aware of the fact … Continue reading

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Fintigila

About 50 kilometers from Ségou, right at the Bani river, in the countryside, is where the village of Fintigila is situated. A hidden treasure not yet affected by modern times. The nearest school is in the next village. Too far … Continue reading

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Change!

Mali over the centuries and decades has managed to keep a lot of its cultural heritage and is still very much a so called authentic country. However things are – and will be – changing here too. Malians devour first … Continue reading

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Good news!

‘I have good news’, Moussa informed me by phone ‘the wife has given birth!’ That sure is good news, especially when both mom and child, a daughter in this case, are doing fine. ‘In previous times not everybody was happy … Continue reading

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Good intentions

Mali is a country with a lot of population groups, each of them having their own historical background, some groups sharing some history. History that, although invisible to the eye, is still ingrained in everyday life. It still being the … Continue reading

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Life goes on

At the end of the Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate with their family, I was wondering what that day would be like for our neighboring widow (see a previous blog). Would she be allowed to take part in the celebrations? ‘Of … Continue reading

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Back to normal

After 30 days of fasting the Ramadan came to an end for the Malian Muslims. For a moment it looked like they would have to join their Indonesian brothers and sisters in an extra day of fasting, it being too … Continue reading

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For the rich only

It must have been late last year when I asked Amadou for his birthday. He had murmured a bit, not mentioning a particular date, stating that birthdays are for the rich only. I had respected his choice of not giving … Continue reading

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He made it!

A substantial part of the Malian population lives in villages. Most of this villages still have no running water or electricity and daily life focuses on the basic needs. Agriculture is all around and the villagers are more or less … Continue reading

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The circle of life

Yesterday morning I woke up with the sounds of people screaming and crying and finally a man’s voice trying to calm them down. My sleepy mind noticed this very uncommon situation and I wondered what was going on. In the … Continue reading

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