Alex Potter's Blogs

  • Women leading the music, agriculture, and military industries in Mali

    I've just returned from three weeks in Mali, reporting on women who are leading their communities, bringing together Malians who would otherwise be divided.   There were few others journalists in Mali when I arrived; the country had long faded from the headlines. On the edge of Ramadan, the weather topped out at 105*F daily. Most residents in the dusty capital of Bamako hid in shops, salons, and in colorful alleyways 'til the midday sun had passed, lounging away to the tunes of Amadou and Mariam, Ali Farka Toure, and Omou Sangare.         It rained occasionally, but not as often or early as it should. Residents complained, and crops along the road outside the capital looked listless, save for the bright orange mangoes sold on every corner. Women rode motorcycles, seemingly outnumbering the men, an odd sight for a...

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