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My Second Published Book: Perils of Drugs in West Africa

Book Description When a 2007 United Nations report cited West Africa as the new front for cocaine trafficking by South American Drug Barons, media reports have linked several governments to the trade. Some analysts linked political instability in a few West African countries to the cocaine trade as root causes. ... read more

Binneh Minteh

MaliMali

From blizzards to the Sahel

 As usual I have been neglecting to write anything on this blog. I spent several weeks in southern New Jersey experiencing record breaking snow storms. After that it has been quite a shock to be in Africa. I just spent a week in Africa. I went from a typical temperature ... read more

Richard Sitler

MaliMali

Theories of Relativity

Back in South Africa, I wrote about my trip to Mtubatuba and the clinics that I saw there.  The post was called Elbow Taps, and some of you pointed out that I neglected to explain what the title referenced.  This oversight was possibly due to my own original confusion about ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

American Thanksgiving in Mali, Malian Thanksgiving for an American

I thought, when I last posted, that I was getting ready to celebrate two very different parties.  But what struck me the most about our back to back Thanksgiving-Seli Ba extravaganza (besides the deliciousness of our two burner feast) was how similar the two fêtes really were.  Of course, the ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

Photo-ta!

Though children mob me screaming to take a picture every time I take out a camera, and older women sometimes scold me for invading their privacy, I've been trying to walk the fine line of truthful non-intrusive photographing here in Bamako.  You can see how successful (or not) I've been at ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

Is there a sheep in your trunk?

Happy Thanksgiving from Bamako (a little early). Many of you have worried if I will be celebrating properly tomorrow, so I just wanted to reassure you that indeed, this is a holiday week in Mali as well.  First of all, I have officially been in Mali one month, a fact ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

Suds

Mali is dusty and hot and pretty much no one has a laundry machine, therefore people spend a lot of time doing laundry.  There are skills involved in the art of doing laundry by hand, a certain angle of the wrist, a certain rubbing technique, the perfect way of creating ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

Welcome to Pig Corner

So, as I may have mentioned, my neighborhood here in Bamako is a peri-urban slum called Sikoroni. I still haven’t figured out what Sikoroni means, but I’m working on it. Sikoroni (fondly known as Sikoro for short) is in between the two neighborhoods of Sourakabougou and Hippodrome Deux. Sourakabougou is ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

Ups and Downs

Now I’ve certainly worked on public health and development projects before, and I’ve learned that they can be frustrating, inspiring, dissillusioning, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. But I’ve never been quite so in it as I am here in Mali. Here, as committed as I am to MHOP’s vision ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

Africans Don’t Need Sunglasses and Other Words of Wisdom from Mali

October 31, 2009 My general incompetence discussed in my last post not only leads to chuckles from Malians, it also means that they seem to constantly need to share their own knowledge with me to help overcome my ignorance. Sometimes, this is very useful. As in, when they tell me ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

MaliMali

I think I got a sunburn in the shower this morning....

October 22, 2009 This would be entirely possible, as the outdoor outhouse/shower I currently call my own has no roof. This is very pleasant in the evenings when I look up through the palm trees to see the stars and the water from the bucket feels warm compared to the ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

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Food

How to get your coffee fix in Bamako

Leona Rosenblum

16 Dec 2009

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Need to satisfy your latte craving in Bamako? Don't want to shell out the overpriced tourist price for a mediocre cup of coffee at a fancy french-style restaurant? Stop by any neighborhood street-side fast food stand and ask for instant coffee with sweetened condensed milk. All you have to say is cafe au lait! Your new favorite barista will pour about a finger full of the sweet sticky stuff into the bottom of a glass, add a few teaspoons of Nescafe, mix with hot water and stir. Then, for the finishing touch, they will pour the mixture back and forth between two cups to cool it down, giving your beverage a frothy topping. Delicious, and only about 150 CFA, or 25 cents.

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