As French troops go in to the West African country of Mali, we thought it might be useful to provide teachers with a bit of background information about the country and the current situation.
The situation is constantly changing but the following news articles give useful background to the current crisis.
Mali is famous for its buildings made of dried mud or adobe. One of the most well-known is the great mosque of Djenné (pictured above), which is considered to be the largest mud building in the world. You can see more images of Mali's mud buildings from this Google image search on Mali mud architecture.
Mali has a very rich musical tradition and there has been considerable cross-fertilization of styles with musicians from across the world.
In response to the situation in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara has gathered over 40 of the country's musicians to record this video and song calling for peace.
Take Mali is a Key Stage 2 & 3 teaching resource which uses the country of Mali to develop international understanding. Find out more, and order, via the Take Mali website.
The photo at the top of the page is Djenné mud mosque and market by Carsten ten Brink on flickr.com and used under a creative commons licence.
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