The Mali I love – as it was then

Many years ago I lived and worked in Mali as a CUSO volunteer. I shared a house with another volunteer, who subsequently married a Malian and still lives in Bamako. For now, she says they are okay, but of course I worry.

The experience for a young Canadian was eye-opening to say the least. We were fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively. Segou, Mopti, Tombouctou, Gao … We enjoyed the hospitality of Malians and had great respect for their ability to cope in impoverished conditions. Wide warm smiles greeted us wherever we went.

I cannot and do not want to picture the devastation and destruction northern Mali is now enduring.

Here are a few pictures of Mali as it was then.

Faladye

gourds

pirogue

street

See also:          http://emandyves.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/kamsack/

http://emandyves.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-cowboys-christmas-in-mali/

http://emandyves.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/teaching-in-bamako/

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