Sadness at the end of this week. Terrorists have killed more than 100 people in the North of Burkina Faso. For some time there was no news about terrorism et then this. Large part of the population where this happened consists of gold diggers who have come from all horizons. Two weeks ago, the minister of defence was in the area to claim that life was again normal. Is this the cause of this slaughter?

It is far from where we are in Bobo Dioulasso and I do not feel in danger.

End of the school year in the nursery schools

The 6 nursery schools supported by ASAP are closing for this school year. It is always impressive to see some of those 5 years old children expressing themselves in front of their parents.

From the 6 leaders of the school we have 4 women and 2 men. In the schools directed by men we see that the number of children attending the school are low when it is normal to high with women.

I think that there are 2 main reasons for this situation, the empathy of the women to small children and the fact that men from the village might be against their wife going to the nursery school if it is a man in charge.

This school year there were over 320 children attending this one year program.

Ximenia americana (tallow wood)

Ximenia americana is a plant species of great socio-economic interest. All parts of the plant are used by humans: roots, leaves, fruits and wood. The almond of Ximenia americana is known to be poisonous. It indeed contains hydrocyanic acid. It can be found in the bushes in Burkina, the plumb like fruit is very bitter and there is almost no flesh between the skin and the nut.

Pictures along the way

Quotes of the week

 “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.Martin Luther King, Jr.

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

I wish you a fantastic week,

Hervé

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