Category Archives: Needs

The truth about stories

A friend living in Bamako told me about a young man from Ségou she had encountered multiple times over the past month or so. He had traveled to the capital to sell necklaces to gather the money needed to repair … Continue reading

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8 March

‘You will be taking the day off tomorrow, won’t you?”, Ibrahim asked me on Monday. ‘Why would I be taking the day off tomorrow?”, I asked him in surprise. “I’m having a day off today.” The 8th of March always … Continue reading

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Time is a funny thing

Time is what we make of it. Our thoughts about time create our truth and they may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Continue reading

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The white gold

Depending on where in the world you are and who you talk to, white gold may have a different meaning. When in Burkina Faso, white gold usually refers to cotton. Cotton is quite a popular crop for farmers in several … Continue reading

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Chez Mimi

‘I envy your hair’, Mimi says with a dreamy look on her face, running her fingers through my curls. Having spent four days in a village with a local family, dividing our time between family, business matters and a lot … Continue reading

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Togo by night

By the time we leave from the border night has fallen. I’m back in the middle of the last line of chairs. Long waits, it still being hot and it being even more packed and crowded, make that I feel … Continue reading

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Africa’s cleanest city

Coming straight from Europe I hadn’t really noticed it at first. Apparently I had so gotten used again to clean streets, that it seemed normal for the streets of Ouagadougou to be clean too. And if it weren’t for Yves … Continue reading

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