Posted: March 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


The unrest was beginning to really surface when I was in Bamako in late January and early February. When we returned from seven nights in a village in the bush, it was mostly an inconvenience to us. We couldn’t go downtown and shop in the tourist market because of families of soldiers protesting what they considered the inappropriate response of the President to the rebellion in the north. But now it is more than an inconvenience. It is more than complicated. It is personal.

I have good friends in the country that has had its borders cut off from the outside world. It is difficult to appreciate the point of view of the soldiers when I see pictures of them looting and drunk. Yet, that is one of the things that is so prevalent throughout West Africa, inconsistencies.

We are often insensitive as westerners. It is not out of sight…

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