Like much of
Mali, the Dogon Plateau receives rain only in June-September.
This dam provides a store of water which enables the
villagers to continue growing onions and other vegetable
crops after the rains cease.
In the dry season, temperatures reach as high as 48
The dam at Wédié was built in 1983 by Actions de Promotion Humaine (A.P.H.), a local project based in
the region's administrative capital Bandiagara. Established in 1973, A.P.H. is a partner
of Christian Aid.
Another important benefit of the dam is that it
allows a small amount of rice to be grown (visible on the left of this picture). The
people don't have much high quality protein and the rice is highly prized. The staple food
This photograph was taken at the end of the rainy
season in October 1999. The dam is full and should provide water for people, animals and
crops until February.
Then, a well is sunk to provide drinking water but
there can be no more watering of crops until June when the rains come again.
In the dam there are lilies and many dragonflies
fly over the surface of the precious water.
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