The scarcity of rainfall means that the lowlands no longer fill up with water as they used to. This has a negative impact on rice production. In order to make ends meet, the women of the village have started alternative activities such as collecting stones. They divide into groups to collect stones to sell them to truckers from Tambacounda. A source of income that allows these brave women to help their families.


By Hamading Kanté and Mamadou Djikine


Deep wells highlighting water supply difficulties in Boulacounda, Senegal, February 2022

The wells in Boulacounda are very deep. To draw water from this well, people use a donkey to pull water. This report illustrates the difficulties of access to water in this village where the well built by the state of Senegal no longer works.  In the middle of the dry season the well runs dry. 


By: Hamading Kante


Stone picking in Boulacounda, Senegal, February 2022

 This photo shows a pile of stones collected by the women of Boulacounda. Stone gathering has become an alternative activity because of the low annual rainfall in the village. To meet their needs and those of their families, the women practice this activity because there is no longer enough water in the rice fields. Before the clearing of the Niokolokoba Park, they did not have such activities.  But this new site with its daily realities imposes a change in lifestyle and activities.


By Hamading Kanté


 

Auteurs

  • Je m’appelle Hamanding Kanté, femme de ménage, je pratique aussi la poterie. Je suis mandingue mais je parle peulh aussi.

  • Je m’appelle Mamadou Djikiné agriculteur de profession et imam de mon village Boulacounda qui se trouve dans la région de Tambacounda à l’est du Sénégal.

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