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Mali's Erratic Weather Pushes Girls into Risky Domestic Work

From sweeping to fetching water, washing children to cooking, Sitan Coulibaly's day as a maid in Bamako begins at 6 a.m. and ends well after dusk. The 17-year-old is used to hard work — but as a farmer, growing millet on her parents' farm in Babougou, in central Mali. "I haven't been home in over five months," she said, lowering her head as she spoke. "I left before the harvesting season even ended, because there was nothing to harvest." Longer...

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