Dominique David

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Daughter of the Bani, the river it emerged from and which bathes it, Djenné has its matter and its colour. It nonchalantly lives in the shadow of its majestic mosque. A dog is resting at the corner of a lane, barely disturbed by a group of children playing hoop. In its maze of streets you exchange smiles with passers-by, linger to discuss with inhabitants sitting on their house's threshold, indulge in sharing a cup of tea with one of them…

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Located at the confluence of the Niger and Bani, its main tributary, the Malian Venice bewitches with its bustle. From dawn its harbour resounds with the shouts of merchants unloading various goods and fishermen selling fish from their pirogues. The nearby shipyards are full of the clicking of the tools from the forges, where all sorts of harpoon tips and hooks are manufactured. The salt slabs coming from the Sahara mines arrive here, while pinasses headed to Timbuktu and Bamako come and go.

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