In her hometown of Djenné in Mali, Anta and her beautiful family had all they needed. They worked on a large farm with plentiful livestock and managed a thriving business selling milk. She loved watching her grandchildren play. Life was good.
But in an instant, that all changed.
An armed insurgency charged into their town, forcing Anta to make a difficult decision — stay in her beloved home and keep the farm where they had everything — or flee the horrific violence to protect her family.
The safety of her children and grandchildren was at the forefront of her heart when she made the impossible choice to travel up the Niger River.
They settled in the town of Tamani in the Ségou Region where they had no shelter and no way of making a living.
While Anta saved her family from one danger, they now face another — just as deadly — threat to their lives.
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While she made the smart choice, Anta is now torn up inside as she sees her precious grandbabies suffer from hunger and loneliness in this new land.
Anta’s children try to provide for their young family, yet they now only have a small plot of barren land to farm and no livestock.
Anta’s young grandchildren no longer play to fill their days. They try and find odd little jobs around town but are mostly tired and hungry. They are no longer thriving.
Anta continuously feels the weight of the decision to leave her home on her shoulders, but the fear of violence left her little choice.
It was no-win situation.