Category Archives: Safety

Peace and war

‘Tens of thousands of Malians are fleeing, seeking shelter in neighbouring countries and more are crossing the borders each day.’ Sentences like these can be read in international and Malian newspapers on an almost daily basis. The Tuareg rebellion has … Continue reading

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Tolerance

Mali is well-known as a country, where the different ethnic groups peacefully live together. There have been the incidental Tuareg uprisings in the past, but with the latest peace pact that seemed to have come to an end. Seemed to, … Continue reading

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City of lights

We are living in times of great changes. Changes that happen on all levels, both in the inner and the outer world. A visiting friend mentioned being very surprised to see the duality in Malian everyday life. While people are … Continue reading

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Safety in Mali

On November 24th and 25th the country of Mali was shaken up by two kidnappings. Two French researchers were taken from their hotel in Hombori. The next day a Dutch, a South-African and a Swede tourist were taken hostage from … Continue reading

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Are you afraid?

‘Are you afraid to travel up North?’, a visitor asked me today. ‘No’, I answer honestly, ‘not at all.’ Both he and his brother develop wide grins on their faces. ‘Good’, they nod, ‘because there’s nothing to be afraid of. … Continue reading

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Vampires and witches…

‘Amadou, do you believe in vampires?’, a guest staying at my house asked. Amadou looks at him with a puzzled faint smiling face as if he’s wondering how anyone could possibly be so ignorant. With a tone of disbelief in … Continue reading

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Is it safe to travel in Mali..?

Over the past few months several people have contacted me with the question whether or not it is safe to travel in Mali nowadays. Embassies around the globe are warning for the threat of terrorist attacks, especially in the Northern … Continue reading

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