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Mali: small steps to women’s economic empowerment

09/24/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.

Mali: rains bring hope to villagers – for now

08/29/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

So far the rains have been good and Kaidia has started planting crops for the next season. But without a bull to help plough her land she has to choose between sowing the seeds late or sowing them without ploughing.

Children fall ill as hunger persists

08/20/2012 | Lilly Peel

In Kaidia’s latest blog she tells us that children are the worst affected by the hungry season. Malnutrition means they are more susceptible to illnesses, such as relapses of malaria, and are unable to work in the fields to sow the next season’s crops.

‘To tell you the truth we are starving’

08/15/2012 | Lilly Peel

For almost a year we have been following the life of Kaidia Samaké who lives in the village of Gwelekoro in Mali. With a food crisis currently sweeping the Sahel, Kaidia’s blogs trace how the annual ‘hungry season’ intensified, pushing her family and other villagers to the brink of starvation.

Photo snapshot: basketball in Mali

08/02/2012 | Lilly Peel

A member of the Malian women's basketball team seen through the hoop - Rhodri Jones | Panos Pictures

Today’s photograph captures a member of the Malian women’s basketball team. Basketball is growing in poularity in Africa.

Mali villagers too hungry to fast for Ramadan

07/30/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women in Gwelekoro village, where Kaidia Samaké lives, pound cereals. This year the harvest was poor due to lack of rain and the amount of food they were able to store has already run out - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

As the food crisis worsens in Mali, our blogger Kaidia Samaké fears she will not be able to fast for all of Ramadan because she does not have the nutritious food needed to to break her fast when the sun goes down each evening.

Mali rebellion stirs fear in rural villages

05/28/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Armed Tuareg man herding sheep in this remote and insecure area north of Gao - Crispin Hughes | Panos Pictures

As rebel groups in Mali combine to announce an independent Sharia state after the recent Northern coup, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.

When people starve they do things they know are bad for them

05/17/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Kaidia holds some néré pods - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

“We know we are destroying our environment… but we don’t have any choice.”

Leaders must think of rural people – we are starving

05/04/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women from Gwelekoro village processing cereals - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

Kaidia explains the urgent matters that the new Mali government must attend to – the economy, education and hunger.

Blow to women’s rights in Mali

05/02/2012 | Soumaïla T Diarra

Farima Samake, a widow from Gwelekoro village in Mali, pictured with her family. She believes education gives women more choices in life - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

A new ‘Family Code’ law, passed earlier this year in Mali, has dashed hopes of increasing women’s rights in the strongly patriarchal West African country

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