The finished well by my house.
Two of my host family's granddaughters, carrying the twin grandsons (born in November 2008). They take care of the twins while the mother works.
Feeding porridge to one of the twins.
My host father's daughter, Fatoumata, and her son Arouna and baby daughter.
I did "jabi" for the occasion of leaving village.
On the day of my going-away party, we took this picture at the CSCOM. Assanatou (my homologue) and Seydou (a health worker from another CSCOM) are squatting. Soumaila, his brother-in-law Abou, and I are standing.
Standing are Assan (Soumaila's first wife), Assanatou, and Salimata (my original homologue). Squatting is Assetou (Soumaila's second wife) and her son, Bafin.
The crowd at my party.
This old woman was always really annoying and asked me for stuff, but she was fun at the party.
In the flowery outfit is Aguibou, the president of the ASACO (organization that manages the CSCOM). Soumaila's on the right.
This is the school director from my village.
Balaphones at the party.
Soumaila's son, Moussa, and Salimata's son, Farsi (right).
Bafin refused to have a decent picture taken unless he was being held by Tayirou.
Piglets nursing! This was in Sevare in July.
Tayirou makes tea.
Head and feet of the goat we slaughtered for my party.
Close-up of a balophone.
Last picture of Toro before his disappearance.
My friend Pula.
Pula's youngest kids, Aly and Khadijah.
If you look really closely, you can see an elephant!
Elephant poop, with Ben's shoe for scale.
The Fula camp where we slept before going looking for elephants.
On the Rose Dune in Gao.
Foreground, Niger River in Gao, background, Rose Dune.
The edge of Gao's market -- when the river is full, it comes all the way to that cement wall!
Hand of Fatima, a famous rock formation near Hombouri.
The pigs in Sevare.
The world map I did in a nearby village, Laminibougou.
World map in progress, with kids.
This pose was all their idea, and it's awesome.
Beautiful day in rainy season. This is near my house.
Biba sells fried dough in my village market. She's a big comedian.
Women gathering to dance for a wedding in June.