Much is happening and about to happen...
the national scale there has been a reconciliation between the Beret Rouges –
the elite para troop regiment which serves as the Presidential Guard and which had
remained loyal to ATT- and the Berets Verts- more or less a euphemism for the
rest of the Malian Army. The Beret Rouges are in Gao with a large contingent of
the army and it is rumoured that it is these soldiers who will lead the Malian
army into Kidal, and that this will happen imminently.
The Tuareg group ‘Platform Kal-Tamachek’,
a national association representing the interests of Tuaregs in Mali held a
press conference in Bamako two days ago, inviting all diplomats and international
press, in order to voice their support for the Malian state and army, and in
order to distance themselves from the MNLA, which they insist do not represent
them. The COREN, the important group which represents Northern Malians of all ethnic back grounds have just held a forum with the same message.
And on local level there is going to be
the CREPISSAGE of the Great Mosque this Thursday! There are already enough
journalists and photographers coming to fill up half of the hotel, and we are
going to call in the Griots and the Balafon players and AN BE TA DONKE! (we
will dance), for the first time in a very long time.
And MaliMali has a lot of orders including one for 30 pairs of leather rope sandals in different colours
including burnt orange- will add picture
soon- from London (see accessories page www.malmali.org). So I will sit down at the Artisanat in Bamako very soon again and
oversee the work with Adama, the MaliMali cobbler.