Born in 1920 in Kabrousse, Aline Sitoe Diatta was an orphan who was under the care of her uncle. However, her uncle was arrested and she ended up in Ziguinchor, where she worked at the docks. One day, Diatta had a strange dream in which a voice asked her to go back and rescue the people of Casamance, a region in south-west Senegal. This was just one of the many incidents people believed was the divine intervention in Diatta’s life. Legend has it that after a long drought spell in the region, Diatta prayed and sacrificed a black ox, and soon after, the rains fell. It has been said that she also healed the sick.
At the time, the officials of the colonial government were busy confiscating crops from farmers in the area and forcing them to work on the rice farms for export.
French colonial authorities stopped farmers from planting peanuts and forced them to work in rice farms. This led to a boycott organized by market women who were tired of the excesses of the French. It was immediately quashed in 1914 when the French authorities arrested the boycott leaders.
Diatta became a leader most people turned to thanks to her mystical prowess and political activities. She denounced the colonial government’s looting, and she was joined by a large part of the Casamance region in rejecting the efforts by France to enlist the men from the region to join the army. Fearing that sedition would spread in the region, the French officials retaliated. They launched their attack in January 1943, attacking Diatta’s house and opening fire. Fortunately, Diatta was not home. Unfortunately, a woman of Diatta’s complexion and stature was killed.
The repression spread throughout the village, forcing Diatta to give herself up to the authorities. She was tortured before being sent to Timbuktu, Mali where she stayed until her death in 1944. She is considered one of Senegal’s symbols of resistance, especially in Casamance. She is referred to as the Rebellious Queen of Casamance!
Aline Sitoe Diatta
These beads are small measuring approximately 13-14 beads per 1 inch. Each strand is as long as 40 inches allowing the customer to adjust the beads and tie them on according to her waist measurement.
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How to Wear
To secure your waist beads, tie them around your waist, remove excess beads and knot them twice.
If you are planning to lose weight, tie them higher on your waist than you desire them to be (as you lose weight the beads will lower). In reverse, if you wish to gain weight, tie them lower than you desire them to be (as you gain weight the beads will rise).
*Beads can be worn while swimming, bathing etc.*