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Susu Brochure
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The Susu are believed to be descendents of the 13th century Mali Empire. They migrated to the Fouta Djallon, a lush mountainous region in Middle Guinea. It is believed that at this time, the Susu and the Yalunka were a homogenous ethnic group due to a high degree of similarity between the two languages. The two groups split apart when the Susu were driven out in 1725 by the Fulani in a Jihad. The Susu then migrated to the coastal regions of Guinea where they currently reside and the Yalunka relocated farther north towards present day Senegal.

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Soninke Brochure
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The Soninke (also called Sarakole, Seraculeh, or ‘Serahuli) are a Mandé people who descend from the Bafour and are closely related to the Imraguen of Mauritania. They speak the Soninke language, a Mande language. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. 750-1240 CE. Subgroups of Soninke include the Maraka and Wangara. After contact with Muslim Almoravid traders from the north around 1066, Soninke nobles of neighboring Takrur were among the first ethnic groups from Sub-Saharan West Africa to embrace Islam. When the Ghana empire dispersed, the resulting diaspora brought Soninkes to Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau.

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Sidomo Brochure
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Sidamo is an Afro-Asiatic language, belonging to the Cushitic branch, part of the Highland East Cushitic group. It is spoken in parts of southern Ethiopia. Sidamo can alternatively be referred to as Sidaama, Sidaamu Afoo, Sidaminya or Sidámo ’Afó. Sidaamu Afoo is the ethnic autonym for the language, while Sidaminya is its name in the Amharic. Although it is not known to have any specific dialects, it shares over 50% lexical similarity with the Alaba-K’abeena, Kambaata, and Hadiyya, all of which are the other languages spoken in southwestern Ethiopia. Over 100,000 people use it as a second language. In terms of its writing, Sidamo used an Ethiopic script up until 1993, from which point forward it has used a Latin script.

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