In the Bronovo hospital this is one of 15 paintings of mine exhibited until 6th May, 2nd floor, urology department. In the same hospital, my book ‘Baobab van Bronovo’ was presented two weeks ago. Open to the public.
Late 18th century, he was the first European to discover the Niger river. The Scottish physician was also the first European who arrived close to Timbuktu and returned alive. Saharans kidnapped him on his first trip. He wrote the highly readable Travels into the Interior of Africa. He did not survive his second trip.
When we lived in Bamako 4 years ago, we had a Touareg security guard. Skinny Muhammad wasn’t very popular among his colleagues, I sensed. We could hardly communicate with him, because we did not speak his language and his French wasn’t good enough. During our parting he gave a leather pillow gift, made by his brother. I wonder how he’s doing now the French have started a desert war in Mali. The Tuareg people must have a sense of insecurity in Bamako nowadays.
Senegalese women call for tough action against Ansar Dine, which declared independence in Mali while trying to impose their interpretation of ‘sharia’. This rebel organization linked to Al-Qaeda wants to ban watching and playing football, shaving, smoking, watching television, and hiring motor-cycles carrying a man and a woman at the same time.
We cover the table with placemats we bought in Bamako. They are a kind of patchwork, made up of various bits of ‘bogolan’ and ‘basin‘ fabric, which are essential to the cultural identity of the Malians. It is a metaphor for the situation in the country, given the developments of recent times.