Update From Africa

It’s very close to the rainy season in Gambia and Mikael has gone back to his village and help clear the family peanut farm before the rain arrives.  He is also making plans to marry again.  We are so pleased that he has found happiness again after the dreadful past 12 months saw his wife and child taken from him so cruelly.  Before marriage, Mikael will visit his future wife’s parents with his uncles, brothers and close relatives to inform them he is interested in marrying their daughter.  At this time Mikael will present the girls parent with Kola Nuts.  These nuts are a show of respect for the parents and play an important role in the Gambian culture and traditional social life. The nuts are chewed and are valued for it’s pharmacological effects and euphoriant qualities as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, hunger suppressant, and healing properties.

In other African news, Mikael’s Mother has fully recovered from her eye operation, although unsteady on her legs, she now has more freedom to go about daily life now that her eyesignt has improved.

Recently Mikael’s family and villagers celebrated Tobaski Day.  This day is a public holiday and traditional dress is worn. Tobaski Day is when families throughout Gambia ritually slaughter sheep in a ritual sacrifice.

Mikael and Brothers

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