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Back to normal

After 30 days of fasting the Ramadan came to an end for the Malian Muslims. For a moment it looked like they would have to join their Indonesian brothers and sisters in an extra day of fasting, it being too … Continue reading

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For the rich only

It must have been late last year when I asked Amadou for his birthday. He had murmured a bit, not mentioning a particular date, stating that birthdays are for the rich only. I had respected his choice of not giving … Continue reading

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That’s the way it is

Over time I’ve suggested a couple of times to Amadou to open a bank account and start saving up a bit of money. The answer has always been the same: ‘All banks are thieves, they just take your money. No … Continue reading

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He made it!

A substantial part of the Malian population lives in villages. Most of this villages still have no running water or electricity and daily life focuses on the basic needs. Agriculture is all around and the villagers are more or less … Continue reading

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The circle of life

Yesterday morning I woke up with the sounds of people screaming and crying and finally a man’s voice trying to calm them down. My sleepy mind noticed this very uncommon situation and I wondered what was going on. In the … Continue reading

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The Ramadan blues…

Every religion and way of living comes with its particularities. The Muslim religion for instance comes with five prayers a day and 30 days of fasting called Ramadan. Mali being an about 90% Muslim country, life has changed from one … Continue reading

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The dry season…

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 … Continue reading

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