At the Bar Kouame In Nara
Labor is very mobile in the developing countries and especially in Africa. The migratory movement of the people in West Africa is very complex and still today little understood. The are many forms of labor migration.
Labor migration takes place within and across national boundaries in West Africa with most of the wandering happening between the Sahel and the costal countries and between the Sahel and the countries above the Sahel, like Mauretania and Morocco. But West African labor also travels to places as far as New Zealand, USA and Japan.
In Nara a small population of people from Ghana could be found who ” got stuck there “. Originally coming from Accra, Ghana’s capital, their intention was to develop the wood trade between Ghana and Mauretania. Exotic high quality wood types from Ghana and other coastal countries is a very desirable product in the Sahel countries and fetches a good price.
After reaching the village of Nara, situated at the Mauretanian border ” things became a little bit more difficult ” for the travelers from Ghana. The non exissting infrastructure, the lack of financial means, communication facilities and logistics necessary for this type of business brought it to a halt.
But the people of Ghana changed their business plan and the first two bars seving liquor where set up in Nara.
The” Bar Kouame ” and the ” Bar Djenneba ” became well frequented businesses in a very strict muslim environment.
Categories: Labor Migration, Mali, Nara, People, Sahel, West Africa
Tags: Africa, Bar, Bar Kouame, Entertainment, Labor Migration, Mali, Nara, West Africa
When I came to Lagos I sat down and wept
With his back leaning against the wall of his house, not looking at me, he said: ” I too have been in Exode. I have. My son left us in the year 1999. He went to Nigeria. It was good at first. For two years he sent us money every month.”
He paused and his thoughts traveled into the past.
” We took care of his wife and his four children. He did not come home. The money stopped and there was no sign of him. We waited another year. Then I went to look for him. There was nobody else who would go for me. My wife said, you must look for your son. And I rose “.
For six months I walked, people often took me with their car. But most of the time I walked. I am close to 60 years old. Allah, forgive me, I nearly lost faith. I came to Lagos.
When I came to Lagos, I was so tired I sat down and wept.
I could not find my son.
Categories: Labor Migration, Nara, People, Travel, West Africa
Tags: Ancestors, Elder, Family, Labor Migration, Labor Migration in West Africa, Mali, Nara, Sahel, Unemployment
When The Men Are Gone
” When the time has come again and our men go to look for work, we stay with children and the old. It can be months or years before we see the men again. “
Categories: Labor Migration, People, Sahel, women
Tags: Labor Migration, Mali, Nara, Sahel, Toumboudrane, Villages, West Africa, women