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last updated: 5/24/2013

Mali: A Resource Guide

The current crisis in the Republic of Mali in West Africa has created a demand for information. In early 2012, Malian soldiers who were upset by the government's ineffective efforts to control Tuareg rebels in the north staged a coup d'etat. During the unrest, Tuareg rebels and Islamic militants seized control of northern Mali, and the latter instituted Islamic law in the north. In January 2013, the central Malian government in Bamako appealed to France for assistance, and French troops participated in joint Malian-French combat operations against the forces occupying the North.

The following selected, online resources provide local and international news as well as links to other pertinent information. originally compiled in January 2013 and updated periodically.

For an overview of the recent crisis (through late 2012), written by eight scholars, see: One hippopotamus and eight blind analysts: a multivocal analysis of the 2012 political crisis in the divided Republic of Mali ("extended editors' cut"; 16-page PDF document).


Malian Press:
  • Afribone
  • Bamako Culture
  • BamaNet
  • L’Essor (state-owned)
  • InfoMatin (privately-owned)
  • JournalduMali
  • Mali Actualités
  • MaliJet
  • Malikounda (reprints articles from other news sites)
  • Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision du Mali [ORTM]
  • Le Républicain

    African Press:
  • Mali
  • Afrik
  • AllAfrica: Mali (aggregated content from African news sources)
  • Jeune Afrique: Mali
  • Toumast Press (provides perspectives by Taureg community; in French and English)

    International Press:
  • BBC Africa
  • Al-Jazeera: Mali
  • Le Monde: Mali
  • The New York Times: Africa
  • NPR: Africa
  • Reuters: Africa
  • The Washington Post: Africa

    Social Networking:

  • @Mali
  • @MaliActualités
  • @MartinVogel (freelance journalist for BBC in Mali)
  • @USEmbassyMali (US embassy to Mali)
  • @PresidenceMali (Mali Presidency)

  • Africana Librarians Council


  • African Studies Library (by Daniel Reboussin, African librarian at University of Florida)
  • Bridges from Bamako (by Bruce Whitehouse)
  • Djenne Djenno (by Sophie Sarin, a long-term resident and hotel owner in Djenné, Mali)
  • [Mali] (posts by Gregory Mann on "Africa is a Country")
  • Government:

  • Mali government
  • Presidency of Mali
  • French embassy to Mali
  • US embassy to Mali

    Quick Reference:

  • Mali (from One World - Nations Online)
  • Mali (from "Cultures and Their Countries")
  • Mali (from Wikipedia)
  • Mali - A brief history and latest developments: Interactive (provides a brief history of Mali with useful maps; from The Guardian [UK])
  • Mali Profile (provides a brief overview, facts, leaders, media, and timeline; from BBC)

    Libraries & Archives:

  • Tombouctou Manuscripts Project (developed by University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Timbuktu: Ancient Manuscripts in Danger of Extinction (posted May 24, 2013)


  • International Committee of the Red Cross

    Further Research:

  • Africa South of the Sahara: Mali (collected resources by Stanford University Libraries)
  • African Journals Online (database access restricted to IUB patrons)
  • African Studies (collected resources by Columbia University Libraries)
  • Africa-Wide Information (database access restricted to IUB patrons)
  • Green Box Page: Mali (links to online governmental and statistical information compiled by Government Information, Wells Library)
  • Historical Abstracts (database access restricted to IUB patrons; indexes about 2000 journals with abstracts, 1954-present)
  • ilissAfrica (Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • JSTOR (database access restricted to IUB patrons; full-text of hundreds of important journals in more than 30 arts, humanities, and social science disciplines [last 3-5 years of each title not included])
  • Mali--Resources on the 2012-203 Conflict (online guide to resources compiled by M. Saavedra, Center for African Studies, University of California, Berkeley, January 2013)
  • Researching Francophone Africa (collected resources by African Studies Collection, Wells Library)
  • last updated: 5/24/2013