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Mali Flag The Republic of Mali (French: République du Mali) is a landlocked country in northwestern Africa. It shares land borders with Algeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivore, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

As of 2009, the population of Mali was estimated as being 14,517,176. The country's capital and largest city is Bamako, which had a population of 1,809,106 according to the provisional figures from the 2009 census.

Mali Country Details


Country Name Mali
Political Status Country
Geographic Location West Africa
Flag Mali Flag
Principal Language French
Capital Bamako


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Mali (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Ross Velton

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (320 pages)

Mali (Bradt Travel Guide)
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In Mali you may float past hippopotami whilst sailing down the River Niger, greet 300 herdsmen atop brilliant white camels, or stand on an escarpment looking out over the mystical cliff villages of the Dogon people. This new edition features thoroughly updated information on everything from elephant migrations to rock-climbing. It also includes a new, comprehensive guide to the music and festivals of Mali, including the Festival in the Desert to which increasing numbers of tourists flock.

African Memories: Travels to the interior of Africa
By Mrs Ndeye Labadens

Independently published
Paperback (210 pages)

African Memories: Travels to the interior of Africa
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Escape to Africa with the beautiful photographs and videos from: Senegal Ghana The Gambia Mauritania Cote D’Ivoire or Ivory Coast Morocco Cameroon Nigeria Egypt Kenya Libya Benin Cabo Verde Mali Do you enjoy discovering new places? Are you dreaming of adventure? Give yourself the deserved rest and enjoy the beautiful and stunning pictures of Africa. Each country displays a unique facet of beautiful Africa with all of its different cultures. These new places will take you on a journey of discovery, inspiration, and relaxation. You will feel like being at these places yourself with the author as your personal guide. The author makes you feel like being there yourself. Don't miss out on this opportunity and allow yourself to dive deep into the feeling of holidays and adventure. Allow your family and friends the unique opportunity to experience this journey with you, by offering them this book as a gift.
Mali in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication
By Peace Corps

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (80 pages)

Mali in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication
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In 1235, the Malinke people of the small state of Kangaba became involved in a struggle for independence. Their leader, a young man named Sundiata Keita, fielded an impressive army to meet the intruding Tekrur forces. The decisive battle was fought on a plain just north of present-day Bamako, and Sundiata emerged victorious. Building on this success, Sundiata established the Mali Empire, one of the great empires of that era. After his death, his successors continued the expansion of the empire in both wealth and territory. The zenith of Mali’s power and prestige occurred during the reign of Mansa Kankan Musa from 1307 to 1332. Covering more than 3 million square kilometers, the empire centered around the great bend of the Niger River and dominated the profitable trade between North and sub-Saharan Africa. The rulers of Mali and their followers were converts to Islam, and Mansa Musa became one of the legendary leaders of that faith. Timbuktu, the empire’s capital, became a center of Muslim scholarship, with a university containing libraries unequaled anywhere in Africa or Europe at that time. The Mali Empire began a slow decline after Mansa Musa’s reign but remained powerful into the middle of the 16th century. The Songhai Empire, with its capital in Gao, predominated throughout the 16th century. Its great builders, Sunni Ali and Askia Mohamed, were equal in historical importance to Sundiata and Mansa Musa. At its peak, under Askia Mohamed, the Songhai Empire encompassed the Hausa States as far as Kano (in modern-day Nigeria) and northern Cameroon. Timbuktu remained a center of commerce and Islamic faith throughout the period. The Songhai Empire was destroyed in 1591 by a Moroccan invasion directed by Djoudder. French intrusions into present-day Mali began in about 1854. It took approximately 50 years of battles and broken treaties for the French to finally subjugate the Malian people. The campaign ended with the capture of the Malinke leader Samory in 1898. Colonialism broke up traditional African patterns, replacing egalitarian relationships with those of dependence on European powers. It also set in motion some negative forces, such as one-crop economics, and established unrealistic political boundaries that have created significant challenges for today’s independent African governments. Following Mali’s independence from France in 1960, the new government, under the leadership of Modibo Keita, moved quickly to place Malians in charge of all public institutions. In November 1968, a military coup put Lieutenant Moussa Traoré in power, a position he held until 1991. At that point, a democratic revolution led to the creation of a new Constitution, and the first democratically-elected president (Alpha Oumar Konaré), in 1992 and again in 1997.
Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah
By Anna Badkhen

Riverhead Books
Released: 2016-08-02
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Named a Top Summer Reading Pick by the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Esquire, Christian Science Monitor, Vol 1. Brooklyn, BBC.com, and Mental Floss

An intrepid journalist joins the planet’s largest group of nomads on an annual migration that, like them, has endured for centuries.

 
Anna Badkhen has forged a career chronicling life in extremis around the world, from war-torn Afghanistan to the border regions of the American Southwest. In Walking with Abel, she embeds herself with a family of Fulani cowboys—nomadic herders in Mali’s Sahel grasslands—as they embark on their annual migration across the savanna. It’s a cycle that connects the Fulani to their past even as their present is increasingly under threat—from Islamic militants, climate change, and the ever-encroaching urbanization that lures away their young. The Fulani, though, are no strangers to uncertainty—brilliantly resourceful and resilient, they’ve contended with famines, droughts, and wars for centuries.
 
Dubbed “Anna Ba” by the nomads, who embrace her as one of theirs, Badkhen narrates the Fulani’s journeys and her own with compassion and keen observation, transporting us from the Neolithic Sahara crisscrossed by rivers and abundant with wildlife to obelisk forests where the Fulani’s Stone Age ancestors painted tributes to cattle. As they cross the Sahel, the savanna belt that stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic, they accompany themselves with Fulani music they download to their cell phones and tales of herders and hustlers, griots and holy men, infused with the myths the Fulani tell themselves to ground their past, make sense of their identity, and safeguard their—our—future.


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Life in Alien Territory: Memories of Peace Corps Service in Mali
By Renate a. Schulz

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Retired university professor Renate Schulz is looking for something to do with her life, some way to give back. She decides to rejoin the Peace Corps forty-six years after she first served. Life in Alien Territory: Memories of Peace Corps Service in Mali chronicles her eleven months in Mali, West Africa, a predominantly Muslim country. At age seventy-one, she is the oldest Peace Corps volunteer among 180 other Americans. Schulz weaves the highs and lows of her life as a volunteer in Africa into her daily journal entries. Her personal struggles with the challenges of living in third-world conditions, particularly at her age, are woven into her real-life concerns about human rights in West Africa, particularly for women and children. Her time in Mali, with all its challenges and frustrations, are offset with her growing appreciation for this "alien" culture. In this wonderfully readable travel narrative, Schulz captures the spirit of the culture, education, and people of Mali. At the same time, she shows how you are never too old to have a life-changing adventure.
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