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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sorrow in Mali

It's been four years since I visited Mali and made friends and found my life's values changed. It was a democracy, proud of its independence, a fledging press, lots of poor people, lots of problems, Muslim, and a friend of the U.S.
   There has been trouble in the desert north from Timbuctou north from the Turaq and al queda, and today I hear from a friend in Bamako that there has been a military coup, the president overthrown, some officials and ministers arrested. The is some looting, and a curfew. This is sad. I took this photo when there, of a young woman.
And someone took this photo of me.

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