Hello KF Boards
Thought I would update you with this recent US Embassy in Mali message that Hawa Cheick just sent me.
Wague has just spent 3 days in Baraoueli south of Segou visiting Sasha Pollack’s host family during her Peace Corps stint. He interviewed and documented a women’s cooperative that spins cotton into thread. They are also known for telling stories, which was his focus. He is on his way south back to Bamako now after a wonderful (and calm) visit. On the road, there is a lot of military vehicle traffic he says, but no hysteria. Let’s continue to hope for the best.
Subject: Fwd: New emergency message from Embassy Bamako
Per the web site:
Fighting in Diabali
January 14, 2013
On January 14, extremist Islamist elements invaded the town of Diabali, which lies about 100 km north of Segou in central Mali. The struggle for control of Diabali is expected to continue. French troops continue to arrive in Bamako and are moving to reinforce positions around Mali.
Given the spread of fighting into the Segou region, the U.S. Embassy reiterates its warning against any travel within the Segou region. It also advises all U.S. citizens to leave any regions north of and including the city of Segou until fighting has been contained. U.S. citizens who decide to stay in Segou should review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, and monitor local news stations for updates. The U.S. embassy recommends that U.S. citizens in Mali maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates through emergency and security messages at http://mali.usembassy.gov.
You can stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android marketplace, to have travel information at your fingertips. If you don’t have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
All U.S. citizens in Mali are urged to enroll online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Mali and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297. The consular Section can be contacted at +223 2070 2505, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at +223 2070 2301 or 2070 2302.