The Sheep and Cattle Markets of Bamako

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Our next stop on our tour of Bamako was the cattle and the sheep markets. There is a huge enclosed area where they keep the cows and bulls. It was very full last time we passed by, but today it was pretty empty. The men told us the cows come in the afternoon–they hadn’t arrived yet today.

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We parked the car across the street from a man stripping the entrails from a dead sheep to sell to a fellow on a motorcycle with his little daughter. The one man was pulling the guts from the dead sheep and stuffing them into a plastic bag the other man held. When everything was in the bag, the man motioned for his little girl to get on the back of the motorcycle and hold the sack. She didn’t look too happy about that.

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We walked down the dirt road by the enclosed area for the cattle and it was full of sheep for sale. The people there were curious at seeing us there, but they seemed pleased we were interested. A couple of fellows led the way and showed us things.

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The sheep were tied up in clusters by their vendors. They were all sizes–from huge with big horns to small.  A typical goat sells for $25-30.  Anounou said the small ones are more tender.  They are especially eaten at holidays and for special family occasions like weddings and when a baby is born. If people can afford it, they buy a goat or sheep.

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As we walked along the dirt road, there were fresh animal skins stretched out right there along the road. They were from animals killed today–still red with blood.

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This one looked like a breeding bull:

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Down the road a ways we came to a camel. It was old and dirty and so very skinny. Apparently they sell camels here too. He looked like he’d walked all the way from Morocco.

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This fellow had just purchased this black goat and he got on his motorcycle and drove off with it on his lap.

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What an amazing place!  There are so many interesting facets to life in Bamako.  We love it here!

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As we drove away, more cows were arriving.  This is life in Bamako.

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Author: Ann Laemmlen Lewis

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