Diao Family
Nene Moussou Balde
Moussou Balde
Nene Jaja Balde
Omar Diao (Oussmane Mballo)
Coumbayel Boiro & Demba
Kanta Diao
Dormbel & Coumbayel
Coumbayel Boiro
Fatoumata (Kode) & Demba
Nene Diao
Dormbel Balde
Jaja Balde
Moussou Balde
Hocha Diao
Tijani, Kode, Adama Diao
Tijani Diao
Tokara - Pahte Balde & Neyel
For more than two years, the Diao family opened their house to me.  In essence they brought me up.  They fed me and taught me how to eat.  They taught me how
to speak Pulaar.   They kept me clean and safe.  they showed me their customs and gave me a better understanding of Islam and the Muslim faith.  They showed
me how to plant sorghum, weed rice, and harvest peanuts.  They taught me how herd cows and milk them.  They kept me entertained and we drank a lot of tea
together.   Throughout the two years, we experienced joy dance and celeberation and suffering (probably the greatest was the death of their oldest son, husband,
and father - Mamadou.  In essence, they brought me up as parents and I am truly grateful for their support during those years.  Without them I would have never
had been able to live in the Wassadou for the length of time that I did.    Below are photos of Demba Omar Diao the father and chief of the village, his two wives
Moussou and Jaja; his children Oussmane, Housaye, Sadio; the children of Mamadou and his wife Coumbayel - Adama, Tijani, Fatoumata, and Demba; as well as
the more extended family who were apart of my daily life.   
Wono Diao & Bintou Mballo
Tijani Dormbel
Adama Balde & Sounkarou
Life in Wassadou & Haut Cassamance
Wassadou, Senegal
From 1996-98, I lived in a small village in Senegal about 7 km north of the Guinea Bissau border and 40 km east of the Guinea-Conakry border.  I had
been there as a health extension agent, which meant I assisted  the nurse at the health clinic.  Mostly, I helped improve the clinics health promotion.  I
painted murals and other visual aids, trained villagers to conduct health talks on HIV/AIDs, Hygiene and Malaria, assisted with infant vaccination.  
Beyond my work however I participated in the daily life of the village.  It was a wonderful experience and below are photos shot during that time.
preparing salt lick
Harvesting peanuts for sale
cotton crop
2nd planting rice
pounding coucous for dinner
Harvesting funio, the indigenous grain
Field fire out of control
Combing cotton
Weighing peanuts for sale
off to milk the cows
making a new fence
the local grio
corn on the cob when out hearding cows
Annual cow race to salt lick
photo by: Aimee Chartier
Fat viper in the rice fields
Drying soraghum
Ba Demba Omar Diao
Housaye Diao
Vaccination tourne
peanuts fresh from the ground
polio  eradication
One of my murals on ORS