Aminatou: I am a Malian Touareg Refugee girl in Burkina Faso and I am single. I am 17 years old and was born in Burkina Faso during the last time that we were refugees here. I live with my parents without difficulty. I went to school starting in 2002 and I abandoned it in 2013. I would like to have the chance to have a rich husband, like most of the women want. Currently I am in a training in art, drawing and painting with Christina Mallie, a teacher and also the director of the project of Colors of Connection (Energizing a Refugee Community Through Art) and I am very pleased with the project.
Christina’s observations: Aminatou is the daughter of the chief of the camp site Mentao Sud Sud, while he is in his late 80’s, his wife is much younger. She is a determined student, has a diligent attitude towards the activities and she’s not too shy. Her cousin is an assistant to the project (see picture of her and her cousin Bajeck) and I think this probably makes her feel even more comfortable with being in the class which I am glad for because I often worry that the girls won’t feel comfortable in the classroom environment.