Office du Niger - Main
d'oeuvre - Conditions - Notes
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This chart shows the origins of forced laborers at the Office du Niger from 1940-1942. For the years 1941 and 1942, this report shows how many laborers were called, who many were en route, and how many were at work.
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|Kayes & Bafoulabé||329||986||308|| 175
This three-page report reaffirms the problems caused by the war-time transportaiton shortage. On page two of the report, Gayet wrote that the government was able to use forced laborers to replace voluntary workers on the Office du Niger in 1942, but the transportation problems remained great. The biggest difficulty was with the shortage of automobile transport and delays on the ships operated by the Messagèries Africaines. (NOTE: The report does not attribute any of the transportation problems to the railroad.)
This is a six-page document on the efforts to get Africans to settle on the irrgated land created by the Office du Niger project.
(p5) The transportation shortage during the war made it difficult to supply the more than 13,000 people who depended on the Office du Niger. There were shortages of meat and salt, and almost no fat. Karité butter was only available for purchase in distant cercles (doesn't say which ones).
In April the number of deaths rose due to dry season intestinal infections. There were 49 deaths as of this report, 33 of which were due to intestinal infections.
There is another folder in this file containing reports from 1942-1943 on manual laborers at the Office du Niger.