Reference : V-P-GW-E-00083
Date : 14/02/2009
Country/Region : GUINEA-BISSAU
Caption : North-West of Guinea-Bissau, Sao Domingos district, Jobel Island. Sunset on the ICRC team meeting with the ancients of Jobel.
Photographer : BLOUIN, Normand
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Jobel is an Island of 422 souls located in the most remote area of Guinea Bissau. Forced to flee in to Senegal in 1968 during the independence war of Amilcar Cabral, they have returned to their island in 1975. They live with the strength of their courage on a 6 km 2 land below sea level without soft water, and electricity. Their daily battle is to keep salt water of the island so they can cultivate rice and walk long distance to get fresh water for survival.

ICRC has built on the Island 12 tanks of 10m3 to collect water.

Rite initiatique générationnel, cérémonie de circoncision, organisé tous les 30 ans.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2336x3504
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour