Correspondent Garrett Palm explores a river town in Mali, Africa
Story and photos by Garrett Palm
- Travel: World music in the African desert
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- Travel: Along the Niger River
On our way to Tombouctou to volunteer at the Festival in the Desert we stopped at Mopti. a port on the Niger River where goods and people are transferred from trucks and buses to penasses. There are no blacktop roads to Timbuktu. so the river is often the easiest way to continue north.
We had an hour in Mopti to ourselves. Our security guards said the town was free of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) members, so they let us wander. Corbin and I teamed up to find something to do. We had just finished seeing the sights with the rest of the festival volunteers — the mud mosque, the port, and the marché. Up the river the sun set on a sandbar in the middle of the broad stream. We could see children playing soccer.
“What about that?” I asked. (more…)