The hot season, also known as the dead season, came to an end.
Temperatures dropped, spirits rose and hope was all around.
‘Soon the tourists will arrive and we’ll be making our living again!’
I’ve heard it from many a guide, shop owner as well as restaurateur.
Even when I told them that the agencies had hardly any journeys scheduled for the so called small tourist season, they stayed positive.
‘Monique, by now people really do understand that there’s nothing going on in Mali. The tourists will come! With the help of our good God!’
Reality didn’t meet their hopes, dreams and prayers.
The dead hot season was followed by a dry rainy season.
Not only do we not have a lot of rain so far, there are not a lot of tourists seen either.
The streets are dry, the lands are dry, and for those rare few that had some savings, their sources have dried up also.
Whereas Norway and the United Kingdom, after their recent severe incidents, are rated 2*, Mali – that hasn’t had any incidents in years! – is suffering under the consequences of being granted a 4.
The small season is nearing its end.
There’s another dead season waiting around the corner…
* on a scale of 1 to 6, as used by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; other countries use different rating systems, with similar impact