Thursday, January 31, 2013

Back in Djenne



Celebrating our arrival in Djenne last night by using Malik Sidibe‚Äôs picture of Keita and me  from 2007, when Mali was a very different place...
The bus journey from Bamako was long and dusty as always, but no one questioned my presence and why I wanted to travel north.
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?

6 Comments:

Blogger mary said...

What a splendid picture. I especially love Keita's robes. I am so pleased that you are safely back in Djenne and hope that some of the multitude of press come to stay in the hotel. They will be missing a treat if not!
We watch what happens next with great interest and are pleased that you are now back to be the first, again, we hope to bring us the news.
Keep safe and keep writing.
Mary

9:56 PM  
Blogger mary said...

What a splendid picture. I especially love Keita's robes. I am so pleased that you are safely back in Djenne and hope that some of the multitude of press come to stay in the hotel. They will be missing a treat if not!
We watch what happens next with great interest and are pleased that you are now back to be the first, again, we hope to bring us the news.
Keep safe and keep writing.
Mary

9:57 PM  
Blogger David said...

Never seen that photo before - glorious of you both. Welcome home!

dxx

11:30 PM  
Blogger toubab said...

thank you both! xSophie

12:19 PM  
Blogger Gilliane said...

Yes, Sophie both of you are absolutely fabulous in this photo !!! I hope Mali becomes more secure soon.
Gilliane xxx

7:21 PM  
Blogger Susan Scheid said...

Such a wonderful photo. May all be well.

3:17 AM  

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