Country #14 – Mali

Apparently, the Universe wants me to learn about Africa: country #14 is…Mali!

I mentioned in my intro to Guinea-Bissau, that was my first experience highlighting a country that was possibly on the brink of armed conflict; Mali is even closer to the knife’s edge. Smarter voices than mine can give you the details; you should read up on it, because what’s happening there is a big deal.

Some other links to assist your research:

http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/mali/

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/06/20126610723692872.html

That said, Mali is an amazing country, and I will not be dwelling too much on the current crisis.

Location of Mali
(image by Rei-artur via Wikimedia Commons)
Map of Mali
(image by the CIA via Wikimedia Commons)

Info via Wikimedia Commons – Atlas of Mali

Mali – Republic of Mali
The Republic of Mali is a landlocked nation in Western Africa. It is the second largest country among West African nations, after► Nigeria. It borders ► Algeria on the north, ► Niger on the east, ► Burkina Faso and the ► Côte d’Ivoire on the south, ► Guinea on the south-west, and ► Senegal and ► Mauritania on the west. Its straight borders on the north stretch into the centre of the Sahara desert, while the country’s south, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. Formerly French Sudan, the country is named after the Empire of Mali.

Short name Mali
Official  name Republic of Mali
Status Independent country since 1960
Location West Africa
Capital Bamako
Population 13,518,000 inhabitants
Area 1,240,192 km²
Major  languages French (official), Bambara, numerous African languages
Major  religions Islam
More information MaliGeography of MaliHistory of Mali and Politics of Mali
More  images Mali – Mali (Category).
Flag of Mali
(image by user: SKopp via Wikimedia Commons)

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