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mali intervention

How do you have an election in a country with a literacy rate of 37%? And why would someone who lives in a mud hut without running water or electricity take the time and effort to vote for someone who in all likelihood will have little to no effect on his or her life? But when the time finally came, election day in Mali was fantastic.
Mali, unfortunately, is all over the news these days. But I do not wish to use this space to lament where we have been, where we are, or where we are going in Mali. I want to introduce you to the Mali I saw, one of the most enchanting places on earth.