Monthly Archives: September 2011

Change!

Mali over the centuries and decades has managed to keep a lot of its cultural heritage and is still very much a so called authentic country. However things are – and will be – changing here too. Malians devour first … Continue reading

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Independence day

Yesterday Mali celebrated its 51st year of independence (from France). Traditionally this day comes with festivities in several cities and villages. Macina’s annual event on the 22nd of September is a pirogue race in which several communities stride for the … Continue reading

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I’ll take you to the police

Quite a number of times I’ve heard people say that they would take someone to the police and have him imprisoned. At first I thought it was kind of a joke, but no, they were really serious about it. There … Continue reading

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Good news!

‘I have good news’, Moussa informed me by phone ‘the wife has given birth!’ That sure is good news, especially when both mom and child, a daughter in this case, are doing fine. ‘In previous times not everybody was happy … Continue reading

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Good intentions

Mali is a country with a lot of population groups, each of them having their own historical background, some groups sharing some history. History that, although invisible to the eye, is still ingrained in everyday life. It still being the … Continue reading

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Life goes on

At the end of the Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate with their family, I was wondering what that day would be like for our neighboring widow (see a previous blog). Would she be allowed to take part in the celebrations? ‘Of … Continue reading

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Energy consuming -2-

Having made those nice Excel-spreadsheets I mentioned a while ago, and finding the energy and time to visit the water & electricity company turned out to be just the start of an even more energy consuming process. All numbers and … Continue reading

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