Report 5: Western Niger


NIGER December 1937. Savineau left Gao in the French Sudan on 19 December and reached Tillabéry the following day. It was the 'auxiliary' (African) doctor Mr Wilson and his wife Mrs Wilson, the local midwife, who made the deepest and most positive impression on her during this time. She describes the couple as 'working in perfect harmony, he dressed all in white, she in her midwife's uniform'. She compares the 'auxiliary' doctor Wilson with his predecessor, a European doctor who left in Tillabéry 'the memory of his careless attitude and a child whom he has abandoned'. After Tillabéry she went to Niamey, the capital of the colony. She visited Dosso and then came back to to Niamey at the end of the month at the behest of the Governor of Niger, to join in the New Year festivities.

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