This is a guest post by Eric Silla. Eric has PhD in African history from Northwestern University and is the author of “People are not the Same: Leprosy and Identity in Twentieth Century Mali” (Heinemann, 1998).
The recent crises in Mali have sparked discussions that are, unfortunately, often riddled with misinformation and misrepresentation of the country’s history and current predicament. A recent example is The New Yorker’s “Letter From Timbuktu.” As a scholar of Mali who has lived and worked there, I read it with disappointment. Read more »