It was great to get back to Mali finally after being away for too long. I used to be based in Bamako from 2007-8 as BBC correspondent, but I left then because the country was peaceful and calm. It was with a heavy heart that I flew in over the shimmering Niger river where once upon a time it was safe to take a pirogue all the way up to Timbuktu! It was a great and fascinating trip, I was mostly focusing on the cultural response to the crisis – what singers, artists, historians and writers think…. putting some of my work up now

Categories: *Mali and Countries.