The UN Refugee Agency estimates that there are about 60,000 Malian refugees spread out across multiple sites – formal and informal – in northern Burkina Faso. A special guest post from Refugees International.
Earlier this week, just hours after the counter-coup attempt, I spoke with Phil about life in Bamako lately. Phil isn't an aid exp music ert, he doesn't work for an NGO and he's not in the Peace Corps. He's an industrious American guy who is interested in the world around him (and its music).
The former speaker of Parliament, Dioncounda Traore, was sworn in today as the new head of state in Mali. As much as this transition of power is a significant step towards restoring democratic rule, the security situation in the country has worsened, as the rebellion in the north is far from under control.
If you have 10 minutes and want to know why you should be paying attention to what is going down in Mali (and what the late Muammar Ghaddafi has to do with it) have a listen to my conversation with Todd Moss from the Center for Global Development.