After my transfer to Bamako because of the rebellion and the Islamists, I try to rearrange my work. I made a subscription request to Orange Mali for Internet high-speed to be installed this week. This will allow me to upload videos I made on the delta and the current events taking place in Mali. The posting of film hasn’t been possible with internet cyber cafes in Bamako, which are very slow.
Fortunately Mopti has missed for now occupation and looting from armed bandits. People who had fled began to return. This weekend I’ll go to Mopti to search for personal belongings and the generator. Electricity supply is not regular in Bamako despite the lifting of the embargo. There is also the effect of drought because of which there is no much water in the river to turn the hydroelectric dams’ turbines.
Pending the security situation is well in the Mopti region, each month I will make the journey in the southern Delta (Circle of Djenné and Mopti) for reporting. All the editing and uploading work will be done from Bamako.
What about the trip in Oregon? I still haven’t received any documents that may facilitate my looking for visa at the US consulate. For my trip to California in 2010, I had received documentation from the U.S. Forest Service IP and the University of California Davis. Note that all documents must be sent to the Bamako address but not to the Mopti one.
Thanks to everyone for your support during the hard events we are facing now in Mali. I am very heartened by the mobilization of the whole world to help Mali to overcome this situation.