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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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Energy consuming..?!

Mali does not (yet) work with a system of an annual bill for water and electricity. Every month a man knocks at the door to read the meters. Even though he does have some electronic device to register the numbers, … Continue reading

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An extra pair of hands

Part of the Muslim religion is the 30-day period of fasting, called Ramadan. A time for reflection, for being closer to God, for self discipline, for thinking of people who are less fortunate than you are and many more things. … Continue reading

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Gardening…

With plenty of room for it, I’ve been dreaming of veggies from my own garden ever since I set foot on this property. Not only me, also Amadou had clear visions of all the veggies and fruits we would be … Continue reading

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Printing the Malian way

When being in Mali, do it the Malian way, including the company related stuff. So, I already had ordered a stamp, since for Malians no paper is a valid paper if it doesn’t have at least one stamp and a … Continue reading

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Rain..!

Today’s morning luck came as a refreshing rain shower. Dark clouds coming in were the first signs of possible rain. Seeing them I instantly went to a nearby corner store to get myself a bread and some eggs. Not a … Continue reading

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We are not used to that…

Sure enough I’d noticed that something was going on with Amadou and had asked him a couple of times over the past few days if he was okay and if there was something he’d like to talk about. Yes, he … Continue reading

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