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Notes from "Les Provocations Continuent" in Le Reveil (Bamako, July 17, 1947), 3.

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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This article contains information from a letter from Le Syndicat des Cheminots Africains, Section de Bobo-Dioulasso (Upper Volta), that describes how a Frenchman went on a rampage on the night of June 20, 1947. A European named Adams was on his way to go hunting with a double barreled shotgun about 8pm when he spotted Kokéré, the "boy" (servant) of Max Amarisani, the chef du depot at the train station. Kokéré was in the process of getting water from the faucet at the train station when Adams fired at him. He missed, and Kokéré ran off, which enraged Adams so much that he next attacked the wife of a railroad worker, Bakary Sanou, as she arrived at the station with his lunch. Adams beat her, and then he beat Sanou when he tried to defend his wife., Finally, Adams assaulted Moussa Sangaré, the night shift locomotive engineer, for allowing the wives of railroad workers to get water from the company faucets. As he left, he swore that he'd kill an African within the next three days.