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Yamada Mayumuna/ やまだマユムーナ

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Yamada's rice field/ やまだのたんぼ

Here in Diebougou, there is one other Japanese volunteer who works as a cultivator. Her name is Mayumi Yamada, but to make it easy for people to remember, she sometimes introduce herself as Mayumuna, it's a commonly known Muslim name. But I call her Yamada. She arrived to Diebougou 9 months ahead of me and will (supposedly) leave here in about 13 months. Since my arrival to Diebougou, she has introduced me lots of her friends and people like her families here. 

ディエブグには私の他にもう一人日本人ボランティアがいる。彼女の名はやまだまゆみだが、覚えやすいようにとマユムーナと自己紹介をしたりしている。これはみんなよく知るムスリムの名前だ。が、私はやまだと呼んでいる。彼女は私が来る9ヶ月前からここにいて、あと大体13ヶ月でここを離れる予定だ。私が着いてから、ディエブグの彼女の友達や、家族みたいな人達みんなを紹介してくれる。

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Yamada & her friend Clarise /やまだとやまだの友達のクラリス

She has taken me to her fields, to her friends' houses, and she introduced me a guy who is also a performer. This morning we went to a house of her teacher of Dagara language. As Jula language is widely spoken in the city of Diebougou, you can get by as speaking Jula. But in the nearby villages, though many understand Jula, many speak Dagara within the communy. I didn't know a word in Dagara and I found it not good. So it was great she brought me there to start learning Dagara. 

やまだは私に彼女の畑を見せてくれて、村を、たくさんの友達を紹介してくれた。パフォーマーも紹介してくれた。今朝はダガラ語の先生を紹介してくれた。私が勉強しているデュラ語はディエブグの街で話されているから、とても使えるんだけど、近くのたくさんの村ではデュラもわかるけどダガラ語を基本話す、という人々が多いから、ダガラ語をやりたいと思っていたんだ。

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Yamada & Dagara teacher Marcela/ やまだとダガラ語の先生のマルセラ

Because of her, my life in Diebougou has started with ease. Because she is loved, her friends and people in Diebougou accept me with love. My family in Diebougou (Kabore and Cévéline's family) came to love her as soon as I introduced. Yamada is wonderful. She has grown her  crops with students from villages. So much greater than me who kill a potted plant within 3 days. She is not complicated. She is easy-going and cares people with love. I really think I'm lucky that it was her who is here with me.

やまだがいるから、私のディエブグ生活は大変なこともなく始まったと思う。彼女が愛されているおかげで、人々は彼女の仲間の私を暖かく受け入れてくれる。私のディエブグの家族のカボレやセヴェリン家族も、すぐに彼女を好きになった。やまだはすごい。村から来た生徒たちと畑を作った。鉢植えの植物を3日で枯らす私とは大違いだ。やまだはめんどくさくない。割と気楽で、でも人々をちゃんとケアする。ディエブグにやまだがいて、みゆはラッキーだ。

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New students farmers in Bappla/ バップラの新しい研修生農民