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Another First For The Invisible Humanitarian

Another first for you. I was in Mali for the first ever case of suicide bombing in the nations history. February 8th, 2013

“In Mali’s first-ever suicide bombing, an attacker drove a motorcycle up to an army checkpoint in Gao, the largest town in the north, and detonated an explosive belt, wounding one soldier, said First Sergeant Mamadou Keita.

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Humanitarian Risk Aversion - "What Were They Doing There In The First Place?"

I have resigned myself to the fact that if our situation in Mali ever goes south, many of the people who pat us on the back now, will quickly shift to being critical of the very fact that we chose to live and work in Mali. 1,218 more words


what's to eat

exactly 340 kola nuts, to distribute to the chiefs of 34 villages as an opening remark. if you want to get anywhere au village, you’ve got to carry kola.* 18 more words


Can Malians trust each other?

As the Malian government and northern rebels prepare for negotiations called for by the “roadmap” recently signed in Algiers, it’s worth asking how much trust exists between the different sides. 1,220 more words

on the rain

in school history books, and cheesy movies, you learned about those ancient (and not so ancient) civilizations whose agricultural practices made them dependent upon fickle precipitation, and even more fickle gods. 208 more words


Residents of Timbuktu Walked Out Of Mosque When Occupying Fundamentalists Spoke

I’ve been waiting for such stories to surface in Mali. Here we have it, some proof, a human story from Timbuktu exposing the fact that Malian people in the North did exhibit peaceful resistance to the fundamentalist soldiers that occupied their town in Mali. 82 more words


What The Poor Never Know.. Could Hurt Them....

Read this story this week. From a very interesting 1969 Peace Corps Memoir. I think it still sums up the attitude, comprehension, and interest the rural villages often have toward their countries politics. 454 more words