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Help me explore modern slavery and the post-war musical scene in Mali.
Help me explore modern slavery and the post-war musical scene in Mali.Go to: borderlandbulletins.com for more updates
Help me explore modern slavery and the post-war musical scene in Mali.Go to: borderlandbulletins.com for more updates
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Songs about freedom in West Africa

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The clock is ticking but their is still time to join us in the making of this journalistic project. 

A final updated has been published with more information on what will happen as soon as this project is launched and how you can be a part of it.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/479668957/songs-about-freedom-in-west-africa/posts/1467904

Background

Mali used to primarily be known for its music and rich culture. But in 2012 everything changed as the country was thrown into a state of civil war. Groups connected to Al Qaeda imposed very strict Sharia laws in large parts of the country. Music was banned and severe human rights violations were committed. Child soldiers were used and according to some reports the practice of slavery has been brought back. 

Acts of terrorism still haunts the country today and over 20 hostages were killed by terrorists in Mali´s capital Bamako in November last year. A nationwide state of emergency has been declared by the Malian government and was recently prolonged until the end of March. Public rallies are therefore forbidden, which indirectly includes live music events. 

But to survive many musicians play on, and people keep showing up to dance all night.

Pleased to meet you

My name is Adam and I’m a freelancing journalist and photographer from Sweden. I have previously worked in Mongolia, Ireland and Serbia to cover different Human rights issues, for example discrimination against women or members of the LGBT-community, corruption and healthcare for the mentally ill. 

The work is sometimes hard, and the payment has not always covered the costs, but I love this job. The problem is that nowadays it´s getting more and more difficult to get the stories published at all. “We like your ideas, but we can’t pay you” has become the most common reply from editors. 

It is true that this is a challenging time for foreign journalism, but the Internet has also made it a time of opportunity and innovation. With this project, and you as a collaborator, I hope to challenge how journalism is made and how it is funded. So instead of going to an editor this time, I’m reaching out to you directly. 

Why support this project? 

Do you want to know more about modern forms of slavery? Or what happened to the musicians in Mali after the civil war? Maybe you want to support journalistic work in a region that few western journalists report from? Or take part in the working process and suggest a story that I should look into or where I should go? 

Then you should support this project. 

With your help I hope to be able to produce stories that prioritize depth and are entertaining at the same time. Good journalism does not have to be boring. 

Every article will be published online at Borderlandbulletins.com for free, with the possibility to make donations through Paypal. But only through this Kickstarter campaign will you be able to get involved in the working process and get access to the rewards.    

Deadlines 

I spent one week in Senegal and I´m currently in Mali´s capital Bamako. How long I can stay here depends on the outcome of this Kickstarter campaign. But with your help I hope to be able to work here until the end of February, and finish the project back home in March. 

Still not sure? 

To give you a better idea of what you can expect from me I have decided to give you access to my latest feature story "Chasing rainbows" for free. You´ll find it on Borderlandbulletins.com  

There I will also blog about this project and take you behind the scenes, so you will always now what’s going on. Let´s make journalism together! 

Risks and challenges

I entered Mali just before New Years Eve and have already started to work here. Interviews have also been made in Senegal.

A translator and fixer has already been hired and we work well together. An editor will also be hired to look through the final drafts and ensure correct language.

Unexpected things always happens and there will always be bumps on the way. You might get sick, people do not show up, buses breaks down and so on. That being said, I already have enough material for a couple of articles, so there is no risk that I will have to go home empty handed.

It is more a question of how much material I will be able to collect during my time here.

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    Thank you

    You’re tired of hearing the same news circulate through media.

    Thanks to you I can afford a new sim card here in Mali.

    Reward: You have my sincere gratitude and your name will be published on a special "thank you"- page on borderlandsbulletins.com

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    I want to get involved

    You like the idea and wants to be a part of this project. Thanks to you I can hire a translator in Mali for half a day.

    Reward: You will get access to a closed Facebook group were we can discuss the shaping of the stories more privately. And the previous reward.

    In addition I will also get online access to five of my favourite pictures in high resolution.

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    From Mali with love

    You believe there is more to journalism than sexy headlines and short news flashes. By supporting this project you will help to show the world that there is more to Mali than the war.
    Thanks to you I can afford a mosquito net.

    Reward: You get every previous reward and I´ll send you a postcard from Mali to show you my gratitude (and for you to show off).

    Thank you!

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    Lets talk about journalism

    You do not only want to support this project, you want to be part of it. Maybe you have knowledge that you would like to share with me, or are a fan of human rights. Whatever reason, you are most welcome aboard!

    Your tribute is equal to the cost of getting a Visa into Mali. My sincere thanks!

    Reward: Join me on a Skype conversation and tell me what you think. What should change and what should be added? You got my attention and every previous reward.

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    Life time member

    Thanks to you I can afford all my vaccine shots and don’t have to worry about malaria during the whole trip. This is a big deal and you’re awesome.

    Reward: You see this as a possible long term investment. In addition to every previous reward you will also be invited to every project in the future.

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    Pledge SEK 4,000 or more About $452

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    This is great, but where to next?

    Did I mention that I haven´t bought a flight ticket home yet? Thanks to you I get to come home when the job is done and work on the finishing touches. (My mother is also very grateful.)

    Reward: You will join me on an online conversation to discuss my next project. Where do you think I should go next? You will also get every previous reward.

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Funding period

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