Monthly Archives: November 2011

How to organize a public event in Mali

Stupid of me. I should’ve known better than to arrive on time. I’d been told the event would begin at 3 p.m., and it was just a few minutes past the hour when I got to the venue, the size … Continue reading

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Motor city

I associate auto shows (based, at least, on their television advertisements) with huge convention centers, American-style marketing excess, and blonde models — all of which are rather hard to find in Bamako. So I never would have predicted that I’d … Continue reading

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Tabaski saga on four legs

A few weeks ago, a population of hirsute strangers began gradually infiltrating Bamako. Where only a few thousand of them used to live here, their ranks soon swelled to hundreds of thousands. Newcomers to the city, they could be seen … Continue reading

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