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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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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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An extra pair of hands

Part of the Muslim religion is the 30-day period of fasting, called Ramadan. A time for reflection, for being closer to God, for self discipline, for thinking of people who are less fortunate than you are and many more things. … Continue reading

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Jelle’s birthday party

Shortly after his arrival in Ségou, Jelle started talking about his upcoming birthday, making sure we would know the date. Hearing that for most Malian’s a birthday is of no importance at all, meaning they do not celebrate it, was … Continue reading

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The Great Crossing

‘Monique, the Great Crossing is scheduled for the day after tomorrow’, was Ibrahim’s message when he called me on Thursday evening. Once a year the Peul herdsmen from Diafarabé and its surrounding villages choose a day to cross the river … Continue reading

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