Kiang, The Gambia
In the forested region of Kiang in The Gambia, Musukayba prepares the family meal of rice and groundnut stew. To do so, she must collect firewood for fuel, go to the market, pound grains and spices, pull water from the well, build the fire, cook over a three stone fireplace, and wash the dishes. It’s a long, long day.
The Gambia encompasses approximately ten kilometers north and south of “The Gambia River.” The long, narrow shape of this tiny country is the result of 17th century British colonial rule. The story goes that the English, with their powerful navy, could control only as far as their ships’ cannons could fire as they sailed up the river. The Gambia gained independence in 1965, becoming the smallest country on the African continent.
Photo © 2008 Steven Snyderman
Peace Corps Volunteer, The Gambia 2008-2010
Mandinka: sukono (so-ko-no)
Wolof: kér (kairrr)
Jola: sindar (sin-day)
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