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of Baoma has grown
significantly since the 1990s as people were displaced from their homes
in the interior provinces during the civil war.
Baoma now spans approximately 200 acres inland from the seacoast village of Goderich.
The population of approximately 600 is divided into two
geographic regions governed by two headmen (north village; Eskay Ebomor
and south village; James Ceci) under the overall authority of
Chief Cooka and Queen Matu.
View looking south
Gulley that divides North Village from South Village
name, Baoma, was taken from the old village
of Baoma, which is located in
the Bo District in southweast
The predominant religion is Islam, with a smaller population of
Christians. The two
religions are respectful of each other, and there appear to be no
significant inter-religion conflicts in Baoma.
Access to Baoma is from the back streets east of the seacoast town of Goderich through the community of Fonema.
Streets in Baoma are dirt and generally suitable only for foot
traffic and high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles.
has a dry season that lasts from November until April, and a wet season
that lasts from May until October.
There is virtually no rainfall during the dry season.
An abandoned diorite quarry, formerly operated by an Italian firm, is
located near the southwest corner of Baoma.
Some villagers now earn independent income by breaking up diorite
boulders with sledges to make gravel that is used for construction.
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