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Chemin de Fer, Manoeuvres de Thiès-Niger. Décédés (1924-1929)
in ANM K 62 fonds recents

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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NOTE

This file contains death certificates and associated documents for dead African railroad workers. The following lists of names, dates and causes of death was compiled from a number of different types of documents. At first, I recorded names, but by 1925, there were so many that I just jotted down the statistics. Here is a table summarizing the causes of death, by year:

Category 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
Smallpox 0 0 3 1 1 0
Respiratory 0 14 2 1 4 1
Digestive 1 4 2 6 5 0
Accident 0 0 1 1 1 2
Unknown 2 34 1 14 2 1
Total 3 58 9 23 15 4

Keeping in mind that these figures are not complete, it appears that over the years, death due to illness decreased while accident deaths increased. Note that most men died in medical facilities at Bamako (Pointe G Hospital or Dispensary) or Toukoto.


Here are notes on the raw data that is sumarized in the preceding table:

1924

Name Village (Cercle) Start work Died Cause of death
Djila Kamaté Turula (San) Aug. 6, 1924 Dec. 5, 1924 dysentery
Fodé Taraoré Mafélé (Bougouni) n/a Dec. 12, 1924 died at Toukoto infirmary of unknown causes
Lassana Sylla Diabiké (Nioro) n/a Nov. 29, 1924 n/a

1925

Name Village (Cercle) Length of service
(or start date)
Death date Cause of death
Sounkalo Coulibaly Kova (San) 124 days Jan. 19, 1925 died at Toukoto
Siriman Kanté Tourela (Bamako) 134 days Jan. 30, 1925 pneumonia & cold
Tokolo Doubouga Kola (Bamako) 147 days Feb. 8, 1925 n/a
Gonne Diarra Bafoulabé (Bafoulabé) n/a April 18, 1925 n/a
Manegué Sidibé Bana (Satadougou) 42 days March 28, 1925 chronic bronchitis
Moro Diallo Douroufien (Bougouni) Feb. 4, 1925 April 3, 1925 2 days sick then died
Ambatigué Guindo Bamba (Bandiagara) n/a Feb. 10, 1925 n/a
Amady Tamboura Simpo (Koutiala) July 19, 1924 Jan. 12, 1925 died at Toukoto of unknown causes
Fako Traoré Béléninko (Bamako) 6 days March 16, 1925 died at Toukoto of bronchitis & pneumonia
Meressongo Témé Yendouma (Bandiagara) n/a Sept. 25, 1925 died at Pointe G Hospital
Sago Kiabo Kabelaya (Kita) n/a n/a n/a
Dougounon Diarra Fo (Sikasso) n/a Dec. 7, 1925 n/a
Gouro Koné Pitagalasso (Sikasso) n/a Nov. 12, 1925 n/a

Also in 1925:

Cercle Total number who died Notes
Bamako 8 includes 1 bronchial pneumonia, 2 pneumonia, 1 bronchitis, 1 lung congestion
San 12 includes 2 pneumonia, 1 cachexie, 1 dysentery, 1 tuberculosis
Satadougou 2 includes 1 at the Hospital at Pointe G, 1 of Osteite de jambe gauche et cachexie
Ségou 2 1 after five days of unknown illness)
Bandiagara 6 1 died at the Dispensaire de Bamako
Bafoulabé 2 cachexie and pneumonia
Nara 1
Nioro 1
Bougouni 2 1 at Hôpital Centrale de Dakar of unknown causes), 1 of pulmonary tuber
Kita 1 natural causes
Koutiala 1 chronic bronchitis
Mopti 1 n/a
Sikasso 3 1 of natural causes and 2 dysentery

1926

Cercle Total number who died Notes
Bougouni 4 2 dysentery, 1 pneumonia, 1 smallpox (Seriba Doumbia on May 17, 1926)
Sikasso 1 tuberculosis
Bougouni 3 2 of smallpox (Fasse Togola on May 14, 1926 and M'Ba Koné on July 22, 1926)
Bamako 1 accident (leg cut off by moving train Tiécoura Sidibé on Jan. 15, 1926)

1927

Cercle Total number who died Notes
Kita 9 1 unknown, 2 dysentery, 1 beri-beri, 1 colic, 1 dysentery, 2 unknown, 1 smallpox (Karouga Makalou on April 8, 1927)
Bandiagara 4 1 cachexie provenant neoplasme de l'estomac
Bougouni 2 1 dysentery, 1 accident (Baba Coulibaly)
Satadougou 4
Nioro 2
Mopti 1
Kita 1 pneumonia

1928

Cercle Total number who died Notes
Kita 3 1 erysipélé, 1 embarras gastro-fébille, 1 dysentery
Nara 1 bronchial- pneumonia
Mopti 1 tuberculosis
Bamako 5 1 smallpox (Dj. Diarra January 8, 1928) 1 meningitis, 1 diarhea
Kita 3 1 bronchial pneumonia, 2 beri-beri
Bougouni 1 accident (Batary Koné crushed by a train May 31, 1928)
Bafoulabé 1 plague

1929

Cercle Total number who died Notes
San 1 accident (Cantonnier Bala Moussa Coulibaly crushed by a train at Kilometer 324 on July 24, 1929)
Nara 1 pneumonia
Bafoulabé 1 accident (Sikou Sissoko crushed by a train at Kati on July 13, 1929)
Dedougou 1


Chef de la 2ième Division de Voie et Batiments to
Lt. Gouverneur du Soudan Français (Bamako, December 20, 1924)

This is a list of the belongings of Fodé Taraoré who died on Dec. 12, 1924. It included one wallet containing a 12-franc mandat de poste (postal money order) and 19 centimes, a hammock, four horn gris-gris, a bottle of mentholated alcohol, two snuff boxes, an iron hammer, a ball (boule) of tamarin, worry beads, tweezers, and two other unidentified items. His heirs received 100 francs indemnité de décès (death benefit) and 87.5 francs in back salary for 125 days of work at 0.70 francs/day.


NOTE

Most of the dead workers left no personal belongings ("Il n'a été trouvé aucun objet après ce manoeuvre.") Usually, their heirs received the 100 francs death benefit, 0.70 francs for each day of service, plus any back wages still due.