Jewel of Niger.
In today’s episode, we are going to tour the city of Mali, in Africa, accompanied by our guide Fabiola, an interpreter of Mexican Sign Language before flying with the power of imagination and being able to enjoy this tour, I want to tell you what we are looking for in This podcast is first of all to create a community that helps and to be able to raise funds so that people with hearing problems have the help they need and that is why we need this project to reach a lot of people to achieve the objective, so it is extremely important to subscribe to the youtube channel, https://youtube.com/@realidadalternativaincluyente
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Hello, I am glad to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson, and today we will visit from the tribal villages to the overwhelming monuments built by man and we will enjoy the extraordinary landscapes in Mali in sub-Saharan Africa.
We fly quickly with the power of the imagination and the senses, so breathe, close your eyes if possible and you are not doing anything else, give me your hand and let yourself be guided, let’s begin!
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We arrive at The Republic of Mali – a country in West Africa, the eighth largest on the continent, with less than 20 million inhabitants. Mali is a former French colony, which achieved independence in 1960.
Unfortunately, this region is included among the 10 poorest countries in the world and with several conflicts that we hope will be resolved soon.
We find that the Bambara is the most numerous ethnic group, but there are many other ethnic groups – Fulani, Dogon, Soninké, Songhai, Mandinka, Tuareg, and many others. The most predominant religion is Islam which is practiced by 90% of the population. But they are moderate Muslims – Most Malians are believers and practice Islam on a daily basis, but their form of devotion is not strict. In fact, look at how the women wear tight dresses and unlike other Muslim countries we have visited, both men and women wear colorful clothing. Normally, they buy these spectacular fabrics here in the Ségou market and then take them to a seamstress and also here if alcohol is allowed.
French is the only official language – In Bamako, almost everyone can speak French. Bambara is the common language – it is spoken by around 80% of the population. However, in Mali, more than 40 African languages are spoken.
We are in Bamako, the capital, which is the educational and cultural center of Mali. Let’s go to the main places which are the markets, the Botanical Gardens, the zoo, and the craft center to see what we can buy and from there we go to the Djenné region known as the Jewel of Niger. Founded in 1250, it has a beautiful mosque and is one of the oldest trading towns along the trans-Saharan caravan routes. How about we go inside the Great Mosque of Djenné, you can appreciate this sandcastle that is the largest mud building in the world. I find it fascinating and very different from everything we have seen on other occasions, what do you think?
We will walk along the Niger River that runs through West Africa, it is the main river in the region, and its geographical importance was key to the development of historic cities such as Timbuktu and Djenné. Today, the Niger River is a source of natural resources where the locals perform all kinds of tasks and jobs. From the ladies who do the laundry to the workers who collect the sand needed to build its mud buildings or even the planting of crops on its banks, the Niger River is a year-round cultural festival that you are sure to enjoy if you are passionate about photography.
Now let’s take a motorcycle to quickly reach the Siby region which is a small town 50 km south of Bamako, popular for its strange rock formations, its unspoiled villages, and its mango plantations, which is really delicious, it’s definitely my favorite fruit!!
It is interesting to know that great African musicians are originally from this region and have managed to make great careers around the magnificent music of this part of our world, one of my favorites without a doubt is Oumou Sangaré!
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I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and her entire team of collaborators, as well as a very special thanks to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and all of you for making it possible!
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