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Fouta-Toro, Senegal: An Audio Postcard

From: Emma Jacobs
Length: 04:12

A report on daily village life from Northern Senegal. Read the full description.

Travea348_small Recorded during a visit to the Fouta Toro region of Senegal in April of 2008 with a Peace Corps volunteer from Indiana, this piece offers a glimpse into life in rural, northern Senegal. In a region where temperatures regularly top 120 degrees and many of the men have left for the exterior to support their families, we visit a village 8 km off of the nearest paved road. We visit households, a baby weighing, and a goodbye party for a departing husband. Emma Jacobs and Peace Corps volunteer Ashley Goodson narrate this story.

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Piece Description

Recorded during a visit to the Fouta Toro region of Senegal in April of 2008 with a Peace Corps volunteer from Indiana, this piece offers a glimpse into life in rural, northern Senegal. In a region where temperatures regularly top 120 degrees and many of the men have left for the exterior to support their families, we visit a village 8 km off of the nearest paved road. We visit households, a baby weighing, and a goodbye party for a departing husband. Emma Jacobs and Peace Corps volunteer Ashley Goodson narrate this story.

Transcript

[street noise, horse bells, man speaking]
[music and kids talking]

I am in the Futa Toro region of Northern Senegal, just south of the border with Mauritania. To get here we came a nine hour drive north from Dakar, which is the Western-most tip of West Africa. The weather is hot. The neighboring town of Matam is regularly one of the hottest place on earth. It?s about 115 degrees now. It?ll be up above 120 in the summer. If you get sick up here you'll need to wait until after dark or early in the morning to take your temperature, so you can get the thermometer down low enough

[muezzin call from mosque, water running]

I'm staying with a peace corps volunteer from Indiana. We are 8 km off the nearest road.

My name is Ashley Goodson. I live in the village of Goudoude Ndwethbe on the Northern border of Senegal and I'm a health volunteer for the Peace Corps. My village name i...
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Independent producer Emma Jacobs sends us an audio-postcard from a the Senegalese village of Goudoud? Ndwethb?

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