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Kouakourou Village, Mali. Pama Kondo's second eldest daughter, Pai, 18, at right with blue cup, will be married today to her first cousin, Baba Nientao (at left holding green cup), who has come back from the Ivory Coast where he has lived with his family since he was 12 years old. The arranged marriage was revealed to Pai this morning by her father, as is the custom, and she is quiet as part of the ritualized mourning for her lost youth. Her mother, Pama, center, serves the children a grain drink and her mother's co-wife Fatoumata Toure is at right.

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Kouakourou Village, Mali. Pama Kondo's second eldest daughter, Pai, 18, at right with blue cup, will be married today to her first cousin, Baba Nientao (at left holding green cup), who has come back from the Ivory Coast where he has lived with his family since he was 12 years old. The arranged marriage was revealed to Pai this morning by her father, as is the custom, and she is quiet as part of the ritualized mourning for her lost youth. Her mother, Pama, center, serves the children a grain drink and her mother's co-wife Fatoumata Toure is at right.