I took the picture on the left in 2007, and the one on the right last Wednesday. Its the difference between the wet season and the dry.
Tis a panorama of Bamako, city of 2 million, taken from hills in the north.
A side stream of the Niger River, all dried up. Shale was everywhere.
A lonely little garden near the Niger River-- which was actually behind me.
Yers Trooly, presenting on Justice and its inevitable but sometimes annoying partner, Conflict. I think I was pretending I was John F. Kennedy at a press conference-- pointing while talking.
The West Africa Ministry Team, minus most of the staff from Nigeria. By the end of the week of meetings, we were feeling a tad testy.