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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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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