I was searching for a job at the time and in the evenings we would often spend time discussing our countries, what they were like to live in and the political situation. One of the possibilities Adama was considering upon his return to Mail was entering politics.
So it was disappointing to hear today that on the 22nd of March there was a coup in Mali. With junior army officers overthrowing the democratically elected government. Mali is a complex country with more than a few problems but it was seen as a reasonably stable democracy in West Africa.
Unfortunately but not unsurprisingly the New Zealand media has given very little coverage to the coup. Luckily the Guardian is here, providing this piece from Andy Morgan:
Mali's reputation as a beacon of democracy and stability in west Africa was extinguished late on Wednesday night, when a group of young army officers stormed the presidential palace in the capital Bamako and announced that they were suspending the constitution and taking power....If I hear anything from Adama I will let you know.