Suffering in Mali By Mohammad Alshereda

The Republic of Mali is a large country located in West of the African continent. It gained independence in 1960. Its population is about 20 million. Its capital city is called Bamako. Official language in Mali is French. There are about 10 ethnic groups in Mali.

The main 2 ethnic groups are:

– 50% Mande (mostly Muslims).

– 16% Fulani (mostly Muslims).

The president of Mali is Assimi Goïta who came into office in August 2020. He is a Colonel in the Malian army and head of National Committee for the Salvation of the People: a movement that started a coup d’état and overthrew President Ibrahim Keïta’s government. Mali went through a civil war back in 2012 which makes the recent one second in less than 10 years.

Mali is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world as GDP Per Capita. Its economy is dependent almost entirely on agriculture and mining. The average annual salary in Mali is approximately 1,500 US Dollars.

I personally encourage people who are generous enough to give charity to the less fortunate not to take people of Mali out of consideration as they really deserve help. I also encourage businessmen to invest in Mali to help their economy to progress. “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life” Nelson Mandela