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Pushing the boat out

Kids from the village we visited on our boat trip on the River Niger, helping to get us on our way again. They played up to the camera so much and were great fun to meet.
Fatayer Frankie!

December 18th 2006
Well I'm guessing this will be the last update before Christmas. I can't belive it's less than a week away. Here I am in the heat and the sun, with the bustling market stalls piled high with watermelons, and suddenly we see a man selling inflatable santas! It's the first festive sign I've seen in Africa, a far cry from Southampton shops playing jingle bells and the lights going up in October! I ... read more
Africa » Mali » District of Bamako » Bamako

Malian Flag The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, what formerly made up the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in... ... read more
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