Ndoum - a visit in a traditional village

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the wonderful greeting
From Saint-Louis we drove to Richard-Toll where we took our lunch. From there we could see Mauritania. Senegal and Mauritania are separated by the river Senegal.
The most of us meantime had problems with the digestion in the form of diarrhea. So, I told you that the bus didn't have a toilet. Because of that the stopovers were important for this people. The restaurant in Richard-Toll had a toilet but the flush didn't work. Now you can imagine which problems we had. ;)
After Richard-Toll we drove to a small village called Ndoum. There we were appreciated by a lot of children - they waved and laughed. It was impressive to see the people laughing and waving to us when we drove past with our bus. You can see much more people laughing than in Europe although they have the deeper standard of living.
Although the people were so poor in this village they gave everyone of us a T-shirt! We could lie in the beds of the children. They were so  bounteous!
The dinner took place outdoor and without light because of the insects. So it happened that one of us nearly swallowed a grasshopper that strayed into her glass of tea. Two of us were bited by a strage insect. Next morning they got some blebs. The locals told them to lance the blebs immediately. The fluid inside was very dangerous because it causes serious burns. I can't tell you the name of this insect but pay attention in the evening. This weren't the only insects of course. There were tons of grasshoppers all the time crashing with me, spiders, midges, termites. During the night I didn't went anymore to the toilet because all the cockroaches came out of the wholes.
Richard Toll on the Senegal river
Horrible! In one room they even found a scorpion. You can imagine that I didn't sleep very well.

The other day we went to a traditional village (I think they were Peul). The greeting was overwhelming. The people danced, sang and demonstrated their brute. For us they slaughtered two goats although they celebrated Ramadan and they mustn't eat. We ate the meat with couscous, the best I ever had. Of course we couldn't use the cutlery we had to eat with our hands. Don't forget: they use the left hand for cleaning their bottom. Don't use it for eating! After the lunch we could visit a school lesson. They didn't learn French at school but their mother tongue. When the teacher wanted to know something EVERYBODY lifted up his hand. Would be nice if in Switzerland would be the same. ;)
They said good bye with a performance. It was a matter of a girl that want to attend a school. The father don't agree and the mother try to persuade him. That shows that the life for Senegalese girls isn't always easy. The female genital mutilation is still common. In Senegal they "just" cut the clitoris. But I think NO GIRL SHOULD SUFFER THIS! I'm absolutely AGAINST FGM!
DefDulce says:
I am also against FGM!! It is horrible!!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2008
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the wonderful greeting
the wonderful greeting
Richard Toll on the Senegal river
Richard Toll on the Senegal river
some kids in Ndoum
some kids in Ndoum
our means of transport to the vill…
our means of transport to the vil…
the women with the wonderful garbs
the women with the wonderful garbs
a school in Senegal
a school in Senegal
a presentation about a girl that w…
a presentation about a girl that …
singing
singing
two nice boys
two nice boys
they always wanted to see the pict…
they always wanted to see the pic…
such a cute little boy
such a cute little boy
eating with hands
eating with hands
the teacher
the teacher
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photo by: Manu32