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The Natomo family poses for a portrait with all of their possessions on the roof of their home in Kouakourou, Mali. Standing, wearing yellow, is Soumana's father. The Natomo family lives in two mud brick houses in the village of Kouakourou, Mali, on the banks of the Niger River. According to tradition Soumana is allowed to take up to four wives; he has two. Wives Pama and Fatoumata are partners in the family and care for their many children together. Material World Project.