As part of a larger project for Mali, I am looking for other bloggers who have been there to submit travel writing pieces for a compilation to benefit the refugees.
Hi all travelbloggers who have been to Mali!
In case you have not heard, there is some serious trouble in the north of Mali and its environs. In addition to the food and water shortage, there is a terrorist occupation and violation of human rights. Hundreds of thousands of people from the north of Mali have fleds their homes, and as many are left there to survive the brutality.
I have started a project, Sahel Calling
, in order to raise awareness about the situation in Mali and the Sahel. As part of the project we will be making a documentary film - whose proceeds in 2013 will go to a refugee relief organization.
I am looking for other bloggers who have been in Mali, particularly the north (Timbuktu, for example) - who would like to submit a travel writing piece to a compilation I am creating in order to use as a "perk" for the film's fundraising. I need your submission by 1 January 2013.
Please look at my profile
for more info, send me a message, and of course, pass on the word!!
Let's give back - though maybe in a small way - to the people and places which make our journeys.
www sahelcalling com
I well assist you however I can Kap.
Thank you for bringing this to Travelblog...from one who has a special relationship with Timbuktu...recommitted our 30 years of marriage in Our Tuareg Wedding at Timbuktu at the Festival au Desert in 2011.
We continue to keep in touch with Guy Lankester from From Here 2 Timbuktu who has been blogging the troubles in Mali.
Guy is leading a trip to join the Caravan of Artists for Peace and National Unity that will travel from Mauritania through Mali to Burkina Faso as a nomadic Festival au Desert in Feb/March 2013.
Gotta say we are seriously considering joining it but the time of year is not really an option for us due to work commitments...but if any TBers are interested...this is an opportunity of a lifetime.
We are devastated at the desecration of infrastructure for The Festival au Desert in Timbuktu and desecration of tombs and threats to mud mosques by Al Queda.
We are devastated by the unrest in that magical land that is Mali...a land of ancient cultures and handsome honest people with a musical culture that is unsupassed.
Best wishes for your project.
FESTIVAL AU DESERT
This video was posted on Youtube by Essakane music on 7.12.2011.
It includes footage from when I was there in January 2011.
How quickly things can change.
Since then in 2012...civil war...Tuareg claiming the North...the desert...battles with the black South...President resigning...army coup...instability...displacement...hunger.
It is now October 2012...Al Queda now holds Timbuktu and has evicted the Tuareg.
They have ripped out the water pipes and infrastructure of the Festival site. They threaten Islamic tombs and Mosques in Timbuktu in the name of Islam.
They threaten the musical culture of this ancient land.
Kap is trying to help the masses in Mali displaced by the situation.
Travelblog has people power...how can we help?
best of luck to your worthwhile endeavors Kap. x
Thank Tinnie! And Shane (!)...Andy Morgan (the author of that article) assists our project already - the guy is a gem! Cheers, Kap
I'm still looking for more submissions for our e-book that will be a "perk" for people who donate at least $100 to our fundraising campaign for our refugee project!
You can see lots of new info on our website: www.sahelcalling.com
AND our teaser film is coming in the next 2 weeks...the rough cut is done...just waiting for some legal papers to be signed over the holidays. 😉
Thanks to everyone who has written...and of course to those who have submitted stories, and sometimes fotos!
Here are three short videos of about the project that were recently released:
The most recent video about the project.
Some insight on the history of the issues in Mali...important perspectives...well worth watching the whole of this video
hope u get a story in soon...I hope our team member got a hold of you? 😊
really, thanks...hope to see you down here one day...