A number of these girls die due to engaging in sexual activity
that their bodies aren't mature enough to cope with.
Kids in Mali are slowly getting used
to having a television even if its one dragged out into their
courtyard to be shared with neighbours, although visiting
friends and relatives remains a more popular use of spare time,
when not playing football!
Mali boys reach adulthood they can take a number of wives,
although the custom is two, not the three to four permitted by
Islam. They will most likely be self-employed working as
farmers, herders, fishermen, traders or artisans.
girls who marry to a husband with more than one wife are
generally entitled to their own living space however are
expected to jointly share domestic tasks such as food
preparation and earn extra money for the household through
crafts and selling specially prepared foodstuffs.
Mali kids tend to live in large
families often having five or six siblings and the family home
may also include grandparents as well as aunts, uncles and
cousins. Men are seen to be the major decision makers, however
it is actually the women of the household!
This video provides insights into daily life for kids in
Mali, however those living in the north of the country should
not be forgotten following the insurgency there with many living
in fear as armed rebels stalk the streets determined to seek
independence for the land they call Azawad.