Celebrating our arrival in Djenne last
night by using Malik Sidibe’s picture of Keita and me from 2007, when Mali was a very different
The bus journey from Bamako was long and
dusty as always, but no one questioned my presence and why I wanted to travel
Djenne is calm and the Harmattan is
sweeping in covering everything with dust.
A large question mark hangs over Kidal.
What is happening? Everyone is waiting patiently, and trying not to jump to
conclusions. The French are there. They are waiting for reinforcements from
African troops. Two Malian soldiers were blown up by land mines between Douentza and Hombori. The
road is long between Gao and Kidal. It is possible that great security measures
are underway to demine before the troops can join?