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Children in Mali

Ségou, XII.2002;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Ségou, XII.2002;
pict. H. De Meyer

Good-old-day's-home-made road signs. But with a twist. The placing of the children is in fact the modern way of doing. We've learnt from other countries (e.g. Portugal, Spain or France) that the boy controls the girl from behind. If the girl is the boss, then she drags the boy with her. It is normally only during the conversion to match-stick (look at the French import found in Ségou) that both persons swop positions en that the boy leads the way. In Mali he's first from the start, no swap did happen. But we must consider all options though. It could be that no conversion took place. Meaning that the hand painted warning signs are a local interpretation of the modern French import. The first sign of hope since long that road sign collecting still has a future.

A final word about the find from the Dogon plateau. You might think it's a U.K.-type sign. It's not. Find out why (it's explained on several pages of this site).

Bla, XII.2002;
pict. H. De Meyer
 
Ségou, XII.2002;
pict. Baeten & De Dier
Dogon region, III.2002;
pict. M. Chartier

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