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SIMIDJI Village Profile Introduction Meaning of village name: “the river where the buffalo bring water” History: Simidji is approximately 200 years old. It was initially founded by Djobakoro Doumbia Massama, who left Fréna, a village 20 km to the east. Throughout their history, they have had many great warriors and hunters. Almost 90 years ago there was an outbreak of diseases that killed many people in the village. Luckily, the French arrived with vaccines to stop the deaths. About 80 years ago the village experienced a plague of crickets, which destroyed their crops. There was also a big drought in the mid 1960s that made things very difficult. For the past 10 years there have been problems with the water in the village as well. In 1976 the village received their first school, and more recently they have been receiving lots of help from the government and NGOs; such as wells, pumps, an new school, a mosque, a literacy center, a garden for women, a public store, and a women’s mill. Geography Location Commune: Ouelessebougou Cercle: Region: Distance from Ouelessebougou: 10km Distance from main road: the main road (RN7) runs through the village People Population: 1999: 486 2007: no info 2009: 555 Ages 0-5: no info Ages 6- 16: no info Ages 17+: no info Population Growth Rate (average between 1999 and 2009): 14.2% Babies born this year: 5 (says 5 women gave birth, but one stillborn?- 4 or 5? Not sure) Families: (these represent extended families) no info Ethnicities: There are four different ethnicities as of 1999: the Samaké, Forgeron, Peuhl, and Malinké. One family is Samaké (almost 20 people), two families are Forgeron (20 people), one family is Peuhl (22 people), and the rest are Malinké (almost 440 people). Religion: The only religion in the village is Islam. In 2009, the Islamic Relief built a new mosque in just 2 months.
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Culture: The women typically marry at age 15 with members of their same village. Before, 90% of the women were married in other villages because of fighting and misunderstanding. Now they are married well. The women cultivate millet, sell it, and keep the money in the cash box that they have. If they have ceremonies, they need millet for the invitees, so they do not sell all of it. They discovered this method from the N’tentoukoro and Mana villages, and have been doing it for ten years. They take a little manure to the field each time, and store the millet in the house of the President of Women, Mogotefily Samake. The men also have their own fields where they cultivate crops to use for the villagers and to sell. Everyone goes out in a massive group to work in the fields so they can accomplish a lot in little time. Food: In both the dry and rainy seasons, the women wake up early to make porridge for breakfast. It is plain, but in the rainy season they go out to collect karite nuts in the bush for butter. Lunch is porridge, rice, beans, and peas. The sauce they use contains le datou, salt, dry fish, tomatoes, maggi, bamboo leaves, meat from hares, onion, and garlic. A typical dinner consists of couscous, rice, and beans. Because of a drought in the mid-1960s, they had to live off of wild
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