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Diary of an aid worker: The lost boys and girls of Mali, Notebook

Diary of an aid worker: The lost boys and girls of Mali

Today is unlike any other day. I am in Mali talking to families who fled the violence in the latest armed conflict to rock the West African region. In recent weeks, I have watched Mali grab headlines as government and French troops launch a military campaign against armed opposition groups.

By | Notebook | Friday, 8 February 2013 at 5:11 pm

A musical cry for help from Mali, Arts

A musical cry for help from Mali

Not only has this strangely-shaped, landlocked West African country produced more international musicians than any other nation on the continent, but Malian music is incredibly diverse.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 at 3:15 pm

Refugees and scarce resources: A humanitarian crisis in West Africa, Notebook

Refugees and scarce resources: A humanitarian crisis in West Africa

Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 3:55 am

Taking on centuries of tradition with the West Africa harp, Notebook

Taking on centuries of tradition with the West Africa harp

The kora, a 21-stringed harp, is one of West Africa’s – and Mali’s especially – finest cultural exports. The instrument is at the heart of the region’s tradition of hereditary court musicians or praise singers, known as griots, whose knowledge has been passed down through dozens of generations by word of mouth. The history of [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 2 June 2011 at 3:10 pm

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