Bakayoko - This character is a union hero who comes up with the plan for a general strike, which will force management to negotiate.
Niakoro, Ad'jibid'ji, Assitan - These characters are related and serve to highlight the different roles of women in the society of this novel.
Mamadou Keita - This character is a revered elder who ends up in prison.
Doudou, Lahbib - These characters are union leaders.
Ramatoulaye - This character is pursued by police for killing a ram.
Mame Sofi, Houdia M'Baye, N'Deye Touti - These characters live together in a compound.
Strike - This character is an orphan who is cared for by a blind woman.
Mabigue - This character is known for being arrogant and self-centered. He refuses to help feed his sister.
Tiemoko, Boubacar, Bachiru - These characters are union members who participate in the strike.
Samba - This character supports...
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