(MODEL RELEASED IMAGE). On Sunday, ignoring a half-eaten tomato in her henna-stained hand, 18-year-old Pai somberly contemplates what she has just learned: later today she will formally wed her first cousin, Baba Nientao, and then move to his home in Ivory Coast. None of the parents attend the ceremony. Instead, Pai's girlfriends raucously lead her (hidden under a shawl) to the Town Hall, where she and Baba sign their marriage license alone with the mayor. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (p. 214). The Natomo family of Kouakourou, Mali, is one of the thirty families featured, with a weeks' worth of food, in the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.
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