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The word sixa is used to describe the Catholic missionary compounds in French West Africa that housed young African women who planned on getting married. Before an African woman was allowed to be married by the Catholic church, she spent time living on the compound receiving "moral and spiritual instruction"[1] from the Europeans and doing hard labor in the fields of the mission (such as coffee plantations). Often, the women were "kept for unreasonably long periods and exploited for their labor."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Larson, Charles R. (1997). Under African Skies: Modern African Stories. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-374-52550-7. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help); Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)